Opposition support significantly decreased in presidential elections

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 10.08.2014 19:57
Updated 10.08.2014 20:08
Opposition support significantly decreased in presidential elections

As over 90 percent of the ballot boxes are revealed in Turkey's first popular presidential elections, remarkable evaluations can be made about the opposition's overall votes as they have greatly lagged behind when compared to the March 30 local elections.

While the Republican People's Party (CHP) and the Nationalist Movement Party's (MHP) received a total of 44 percent of the votes in the local elections, their joint candidate Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu received about 37 percent of the vote in the presidential elections despite, over 10 parties coming together to support him.

Erdoğan has significantly increased his support base as he received over 53 percent of the vote compared to 45,5 percent in the local elections while the overall total of both İhsanoğlu and Selahattin Demirtaş's votes equal to 46%.

The opposition's joint candidate Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu has widely been criticized by many for failing to meet the expectations of MHP and CHP's support base who have significantly differing ideologies.

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