Third-place Sinan Ogan backs President Erdogan in Türkiye's runoff vote
Sinan Ogan, who came third in last week's presidential election in Türkiye, has endorsed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the runoff vote scheduled for next Sunday, May 28, News.Az reports citing Anadolu Agency.
Speaking to reporters on Monday, Ogan said: "I declare that we will support the candidate of People’s Alliance, Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the second round of the presidential election."
Calling on his supporters to back Erdogan in the runoff, he said: "We had all kinds of consultations before making the last decision. We have taken this decision because we believe that our decision is the right decision for our country and nation."
Millions of voters went to the polls on May 14 to elect the country's president and members of its 600-seat parliament.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s People’s Alliance won a majority in parliament, while the presidential race is headed to a second round on May 28.
Erdogan will face Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and joint candidate for the six-party opposition Nation Alliance, in the runoff vote.
Erdogan finished the first round with 49.52% of the vote, while Kilicdaroglu came second at 44.88% and Sinan Ogan of the ATA (Ancestral) Alliance got 5.17%.