Turkish opposition’s presidential candidate Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu received 44.8% of votes in last Sunday’s presidential elections. Since president Erdoğan got 49,5% of votes, he is expected to win the presidency in the run off of May 28.
Kılıçdaroğlu has stated that he won’t give up and be elected in the second round. He has contacted far-right candidate Sinan Oğan, who got 5.2% in last elections, and offered him to be Minister of Migration.
Oğan is reportedly close to a deal with Kılıçdaroğlu as he wants a ministerial post in return. However, analysts comment Oğan’s support won’t help Kılıçdaroğlu to be the president since Oğan’s supporters are against the opposition leader due to his alliance with pro-PKK party HDP. Kılıçdaroğlu won’t break the alliance with HDP as the latter has more votes than Oğan. Another problem is majority of Oğan’s supporters are expected not to follow his paths.
If Kılıçdaroğlu loses elections despite Oğan’s support, the latter may risk being disappeared from politics, analysts add.