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Turkish Election Fever Cools Ahead of Decisive Run-Off


Turkey is preparing for its first-ever presidential run-off, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seeking to extend his 20-year rule by another five years. Erdogan surprised pollsters and commentators in the first round of voting on 14 May by emerging ahead of his two challengers and coming close to winning the contest outright. He now faces opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu, who secured around 45% of the vote to Erdogan’s 49.2%, according to the most recent tally. Many opposition supporters feel deflated after their hopes of removing Erdogan from power were dashed. Erdogan supporters are confident that he will win.

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