In a crucial presidential runoff, Turkeys will decide whether Recep Tayyip Erdogan should stay in power after 20 years.
Kemal Kilicdaroglu, his challenger, has billed the vote as a referendum on Turkey’s future course, supported by a broad coalition of opposition parties.
The likely winner, the president, promises a new era that will unite the nation around a “Turkish century.”
However, a crisis in the cost of living and widespread inflation are the more pressing issues.
The polling places close at 14:00 GMT, 17:00 local time. European and American Turkish expats have already cast their ballots.
Turnout in the main round was a noteworthy 88.8%, and Mr Erdogan’s lead was 2.5 million votes. To that end the two competitors have their eye on the 8,000,000 who didn’t cast a ballot – yet could this time.
Mr. Kilicdaroglu blocked his opponent’s text messages to voters prior to the runoff, claiming that the president’s messages went through.
Resistance groups are sending a multitude of workers in a bid to guarantee no vote-fixing happens.
After the first round, international observers noted an uneven playing field. However, there was no idea that any abnormalities in casting a ballot would have changed the outcome.
On his final day of campaigning, Mr. Kilicdaroglu promised a very different style of presidency: I care very little about living in castles. I’ll live modestly like you and solve your problems.
It was a jab at Mr. Erdogan’s enormous palatial complex on the outskirts of Ankara, where he moved in 2014 after becoming president. He gained extensive authority, detained tens of thousands of people, and took control of the media after surviving a failed 2016 coup.
“The era of coups and juntas is over,” he declared, linking Turkey’s current stability to his own authoritarian rule during a campaign visit to the mausoleum of a prime minister executed by the military after a coup in 1960.
However, Turkey is extremely polarized, with the president relying on the support of religious conservatives and nationalists, whereas his adversary’s supporters are primarily secular, though many of them are also nationalist.
The two men exchanged insults for days. Mr Kilicdaroglu blamed the president for weakness and stowing away from a fair political decision; Mr. Erdogan referred to Kurdish militants when he said that his opponent was on the side of “terrorists.”
Be that as it may, following quite a while of fiery way of talking about sending a great many Syrian evacuees home, the resistance up-and-comer got back to Turkey’s main issue – the monetary emergency, and specifically its impact on less fortunate families.
He was joined on stage by a 59-year-old woman and her grandson to discuss how her monthly salary of 5,000 lira (£200; Due to the fact that her rent had increased to 4,000 lira (£160; $200).
Although it may have been staged, this is the situation all over Turkey: salaries and government assistance are not keeping up with inflation, which is almost 44%.
According to economists, Erdogan’s policy of lowering interest rates rather than increasing them has only exacerbated the situation.
The demand for foreign currency has increased, the Turkish lira has fallen to record lows, and the central bank’s net foreign currency reserves are now negative for the first time since 2002. East of Ankara, gleaming tower blocks are being built in Kirikkale. It seems to be blast time for this city, show to the president’s party.
For the past two years, Fatma has operated a hair salon, but work has ceased and rent and hair products have skyrocketed.
She decided in favor of a ultranationalist competitor who came third, and has zero faith in the two men left in the race.
Binnaz is working a sewing machine at a clothing repair shop a few doors up the street.
Individuals can’t manage the cost of new dresses so she is acquiring substantially more, regardless of whether her month to month lease has trebled to 4,000 lira. Notwithstanding Turkey’s blasted economy, she is placing her confidence in the president.
Outside a store, Emrah Turgut says he is likewise staying with Mr Erdogan in light of the fact that he has no confidence in the other choice, and accepts the president’s unwarranted claims that the greatest resistance co-works with fear based oppressors.
Turkey’s second-greatest resistance, the HDP, denies any connect to the assailant PKK, however President Erdogan has involved their sponsorship for the opponent possibility to propose a connection to psychological oppressors.
Regardless of who wins on Sunday, Mr. Erdogan’s Islamist-rooted AK Party and its far-right nationalist ally, the MHP, already control Turkey’s parliament.
The AKP also has the youngest member of parliament, who joined parliament on election day.
The 24-year-old Zehranur Aydemir is of the opinion that if he wins, he will lay the groundwork for a century during which Turkey will emerge as a global power: Presently Turkey has a greater vision it can dream greater.”
It is another vainglorious Erdogan project, yet Turkey’s economy is probably going to demonstrate a really squeezing task, whoever wins the run-off.