What You Need To Know About Turkey’s Upcoming Election

BY: Ihsan Cetin

Six Turkish opposition parties unite behind Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, leader of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), as their joint presidential candidate.

HDP, largely Kurdish, supported Erdogan's government. Now, they back Kılıçdaroğlu as the opposition candidate in upcoming election.

Kılıçdaroğlu leads in polls ahead of Erdoğan in the upcoming election, likely due to a struggling economy and poor relief efforts.

Turkey's currency, the Turkish Lira, has sharply depreciated, leading to rampant inflation and economic difficulties for most people.

Turkey's annual inflation rate in 2022 was 64%, according to TURKSTAT, but ENAG found it to be 112%. Food inflation is the fifth highest in the world.

Turkish inflation has impacted the housing market with prices tripling in some places and young people struggling to buy a home.

Erdoğan's government has been hit hard by two major earthquakes that took place in Southeastern Turkey in February 2023.

Late rescue and aid worsened earthquake damage. Kizilay faced backlash after profiting from selling tents instead of providing them free.