The total number of voters who voted abroad in the presidential elections in Turkey reached 1 million 38 thousand people in two days. This was announced by the Higher Electoral Commission of the country on Sunday, May 21.
“The voting process that began yesterday continues in foreign missions and customs,” TRT reported, citing the agency.
Voting procedures in foreign missions will end on May 24.
The first round of presidential elections in Turkey took place on May 14. The incumbent head of state, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, won 49.4% of the vote, while the single opposition candidate, Kemal Kılıçdaroglu, won 44.96%. OSCE observers reported that they saw no obvious manipulation during the vote count. However, none of their candidates won the required 50% of the votes.
The country’s election commission has confirmed that there will be a second round, which will take place on May 28.
HSE Senior Lecturer, researcher at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences Grigory Lukyanov, in a conversation with Izvestia, said that a “hot struggle” could unfold in the second round of the presidential elections in Turkey.
In turn, the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov stressed that the Kremlin is watching with great interest the course of the presidential elections in Turkey.
At the same time, US President Joe Biden noted that Turkey has enough problems without disputes about the voting results.