Sinan Ogan, who finished third in last week’s Turkish presidential election, has thrown his support behind the incumbent, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for the run-off that takes place on May 28.
Ogan endorsed Erdogan at a news conference in the capital Ankara on Monday and said his campaign made nationalists “key players” in Turkish politics.
“We believe our decision will be the right decision for our country and nation,” Ogan said, citing Erdogan’s parliamentary majority as a reason for his decision.
“It is important that the newly elected president is under the same [leadership] as the parliament. [Kilicdaroglu’s] alliance on the other hand, could not display sufficient success against the People’s Alliance which has been in power for 20 years, and could not establish a perspective that could convince us about the future.”
The decision to back Erdogan was based on a principle of “non-stop struggle [against] terrorism”, he added.
The announcement comes as Turks head back to the polls on Sunday to decide whether Erdogan or the main opposition leader, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, will lead the country for the next five years.
In the first round of voting on May 14, Erdogan received 49.52 percent of the vote, falling just short of the 50-percent majority needed to secure an outright victory.
Kilicdaroglu, the candidate of a six-party opposition alliance, bagged 44.88 percent of the votes. Ogan finished third with 5.17 percent, prompting some analysts to call him a potential “kingmaker” in the run-off.
Source: Al jazeera
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