Former presidential candidate Sinan Oğan announced on Monday, that he will support the incumbent President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in the second round of the presidential elections, scheduled for May 28.
Oğan, who won 5.2% of the vote in the first round, said that he is asking the voters who voted for him in the first round, to vote for Erdoğan in the second round.
The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, after Oğan announced that he would support him in the run-off, denied that he had entered into any negotiations with him.
Oğan had expected that the Turkish elections would go to a second round, and this happened after the failure of the Turkish President, the candidate of the “Public Alliance”, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the head of the Republican People’s Party, Kamal Kılıçdaroğlu, and the candidate of the Coalition of the Ancestors, Sinan Oğan, to get 50% + 1 of the votes.
The Turkish president won 49.24% of the vote in the first round of the presidential elections, while his rival, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, got 45.07%.
The votes of the voting bloc of the Ancestors coalition will play a key role in deciding the second round of the presidential elections.
Oğan had stated on several occasions that he completely refused to cooperate with the parties accused of supporting the PKK, which is classified as a terrorist organization in Türkiye and several Western countries, in reference to the Kurdish-supporting HDP which announced its support for Kılıçdaroğlu.
Oğan denied what the German Der Spiegel magazine reported, that he stipulated the support of Kılıçdaroğlu in the second round to abandon the Kurds, noting, he could support Kılıçdaroğlu in the second round if he didn’t make any concessions to the HDP.
In turn, Erdoğan denied negotiations with the candidate for the Turkish presidential elections, Sinan Oğan, and the Turkish president expressed his confidence that the people will show the strength of Turkish democracy in the second round of the presidential elections as well.