As Turkey’s presidential election looks set to head into a runoff, opposition candidate Kemal Kilicdaroglu has expressed his willingness to participate in a second round of voting.
Kilicdaroglu, the leader of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), has emerged as one of the main challengers to incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Despite trailing behind Erdogan and another opposition candidate, Ekrem Imamoglu, in initial results, Kilicdaroglu remains confident about his chances in a potential runoff.
Speaking to reporters on Monday, Kilicdaroglu said he was ready for a second round of voting and welcomed the opportunity to engage with voters once again.
“I think a second round would be beneficial for the country,” he said. “We would have another chance to talk about our vision for Turkey and to convince voters that we are the best choice to lead the country forward.”
Kilicdaroglu’s comments come as tensions continue to run high in Turkey, with supporters of both Erdogan and his opponents taking to the streets to voice their opinions and express their frustrations.
The CHP leader has been a vocal critic of Erdogan’s policies, particularly when it comes to issues like human rights, freedom of the press, and the economy. He has promised to tackle corruption and to promote greater social justice and equality if elected president.
However, Erdogan remains a formidable opponent, with a strong support base among conservative voters and a track record of delivering economic growth and stability during his time in office.
As the two candidates prepare to face off in a potential runoff, the eyes of the world will be on Turkey, where the outcome of the election could have far-reaching implications for the country’s future.