Turkish presidential elections may go to second round

Secularist Ince second to Erdogan at the moment

11 June, 17:29

    ISTANBUL - Two weeks ahead of the crucial June 24 early elections, which will for the first time introduce new powers for the president as a result of a 2017 referendum, polls say that incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdogan will likely fall short of a first-round victory. At the moment he does not seem to have the support of over 50% of voters. Most research institutes say that between 42% and 48% of voters will vote for him, an increase but not enough to avoid a second round. He is nonetheless expected to win in the second round. Sonar gives him 48.3%, an increase on the 42% estimated by the same institute a few weeks ago. Some polls do, however, expect him to win over 50% of the vote, eliminating the need for a second round of voting. The secularist candidate of the CHP party, Muharrem Ince,is seen as Erdogan's likely competitor in the second round. All research institutes show growing support for former interior minister Meral Aksener, who founded the center-right Iyi ('Good') Party last year after being sacked from the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). Until a few weeks ago, she was expected to get about 20% of the votes. The imprisoned candidate for the HDP, Selahattin Demirtas, is expected to get around 10%. The parliamentary elections are less clear, with the media and polls saying that Erdogan's AKP with MHP nationalists are expected to get 44-45% of the vote, while the CHP, Iyi and others are expected to get around 39-40%. Decisive for the equilibriums of the parliament will be HDP's performance, which by getting past the 10% threshold may stop the AKP from getting an absolute majority. 

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