Turkey election: Third-placed presidential candidate backs Erdogan

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Istanbul, Turkey

Turkey’s third-placed presidential election candidate, Sinan Ogan, on Monday backed frontrunner Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a boost ahead of the scheduled runoff vote.

Ogan, who received 5.17% of votes in the first round of the presidential election that took place on May 14, told a news conference in Ankara that he will back the incumbent Erdogan, rather than his challenger Kemal Kilicdaroglu, in the presidential runoff planned for May 28.

Erdogan received 49.52% of votes in the first round, giving him a five-point lead over Kilicdaroglu.

Ogan had conditioned his endorsement of either candidate on hardened policies towards refugees and some Kurdish groups he perceives as terrorists.

In an interview with NEWS last week, Ogan claimed: “Our electorate is very bonded with us, of course where we need, they will come with us.”

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