Erdoğan announces re-election bid for 2023 presidential race

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Thursday that he will run for re-election in the country’s presidential race scheduled for June 2023, in a first official announcement. “Here I say, Tayyip Erdoğan is the People’s Alliance’ nominee [for president],” Erdoğan told supporters in the Aegean city of İzmir, referring to an election alliance with the far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). Many observers consider next year’s race as one of the most critical elections in recent Turkish history. After nearly 20 years in power, Erdoğan’s conservative Islamic Justice and Development Party (…

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