World press closely follows Türkiye's elections

2023-05-27 10:14:26 | Son Güncelleme : 2023-05-27 10:44:32

Turkish President Erdogan and CHP leader Kilicdaroglu will face off this weekend in what is expected to be a breathless presidential runoff election. While the political scene is heating up, foreign press and media outlets are closely watching Türkiye. Western media giants in particular have their eyes and ears on the news coming out of Türkiye.

World press closely follows Türkiye's elections
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Türkiye will go to the polls tomorrow for the runoff of the presidential election.

Millions of voters will choose between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and main opposition party CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu.

As Türkiye prepares to go to the polls, international press and media organizations are following Türkiye second by second.

"Turkey election 2023: What's at stake in the runoff?" was the headline Reuters news agency used to describe the election atmosphere in Türkiye.

"Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan aims to extend his rule into a third decade in an election on Sunday, with the momentum seen in his favour in the runoff vote after a first round showed him ahead of his challenger, Kemal Kilicdaroglu," it said.

"Turkish voters weigh final decision on the next president, vision for the future," the Associated Press headlined.

"President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a leader who has ruled Turkey for 20 years, is in a good position to win after falling short of victory in the first round of voting," the report said, reminding that voters were preparing to go to the polls.

The UK-based BBC continues to keep its finger on the pulse of what is expected to be a breathless election between Erdogan and Kilicdaroglu.

"Erdogan has accused him of hate speech and Kilicdaroglu's victory will be a victory for terrorists," the report said, referring to Kilicdaroglu's hardened stance on Syrian migrants.

UK-based The Economist, which uses scandalous headlines about Türkiye before the elections, once again gave the news with a headline that will be talked about a lot.

"Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is set to win Turkey's presidential elections," the article read, "Kemal Kilicdaroglu's attempt to ride the nationalist tide seems doomed to failure."

Stating that Kılıçdaroğlu gave messages of hope and unity before the first round elections, the news report emphasized the negative language used by the CHP leader against Syrian migrants before the runoff elections.

Germany-based broadcaster ZDF is also closely following the election atmosphere in Türkiye.

"Decision: Erdogan against Kilicdaroglu", the news report emphasized that "President Erdogan is the favorite against Kilicdaroglu".

Qatar-based Al Jazeera newspaper chose to use the headline "Will Turkey's President Erdogan win another term?".

"An entire era of Turkish politics has been defined by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan," it said, underlining that both candidates are seeking nationalist votes ahead of the election.

"Turkey's anti-refugee landscape leaves Syrians with only one choice," Middle East Eye reported on Türkiye.

"Syrians in Turkey have had to navigate the election campaign with caution, as they pin their hopes on one result," the report said, noting Kilicdaroglu's alliance with Zafer Party leader Umit Ozdag.