Erdogan wins Turkey’s election again – level 3

01-06-2023 07:00

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won Turkey’s 2023 presidential election, securing his third decade in power.

Erdogan received 52.14% of the votes, while his rival, Kilicdaroglu, received 47.86%. With over 99% of the ballot boxes opened and a significant gap between the candidates, the remaining uncounted votes couldn’t affect the outcome.

Erdogan’s victory was expected after he led in the first round of voting. Despite public anger over the government’s response to recent earthquakes and economic challenges, Erdogan’s popularity remains strong, particularly among faithful Muslims who see him as a global protector. Kilicdaroglu and his party, CHP, promised change and closer ties with the West but fell short. Erdogan faces important decisions ahead, including managing Turkey’s military, the refugee crisis, and its role in international relations. Critics express concerns about Turkey’s democratic state under Erdogan’s leadership, with restrictions on media and protests raising fears of a slide toward autocracy.

Difficult words: ballot box (a sealed box into which voters put completed ballot papers), fall short (to fail to meet an expectation or reach a target), autocracy (a system of government by one person with absolute power).

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