Tomorrow, May 14, there will be a presidential election in Turkey, and three candidates are running for this position.
Turks go to the polls on Sunday in the combined presidential and parliamentary elections.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the current president of Turkey, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of the main opposition, and Sinan Oğan, a former deputy from the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), will be in the presidential race tomorrow.
According to reports, Turkey’s presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday will have President Recep Tayyip Erdogan facing unprecedented challenges that could end his two-decade rule.
Erdogan was the mayor of Istanbul from 1994 to 1998, and In 2001, Erdoğan and Gül established the Justice and Development Party (AKP), which won the election a year after its establishment. He was the Prime Minister of Turkey from 2003 to 2014 and then became the President.
Turkey's longest-serving leader logged more than a dozen election victories and survived an attempted coup in 2016.
Surveys show Kilicdaroglu ahead of him in the first round of voting. If no candidate secures more than half of the votes in the first round, a May 28 runoff will be held between the two leading candidates.
Kilicdaroglu, 74, head of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), was named the six-party opposition alliance's presidential candidate in March. Long stuck in Erdogan's shadow, he has failed to close the gap with the AKP in parliamentary elections since he took the center-left CHP's reins in 2010.
A former civil servant, Kilicdaroglu entered parliament in 2002 with the CHP, which was established by modern Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and has struggled to reach beyond its secularist grassroots towards conservatives.
He has struck an inclusive tone as he has sought to attract voters disillusioned by Erdogan's rhetoric and perceived economic mismanagement, promising economic prosperity as well as greater respect for human rights and rule of law.
The parliamentary elections in Turkey take place concurrently with the presidential elections.
A number of Afghan citizens will also vote in Turkish elections.
Some Afghan residents who have been living in Turkey for years have put themselves up for election to the nation's parliament.
Nearly 100,000 Afghan residents are eligible to vote in Turkish elections, according to the head of the Afghan associations in Turkey.
"Almost 100,000 of our Afghans have the right to vote; God willing, all of our Afghans will go to the polls together,” said Abdul Ghafoor Turan, head of the Afghan associations in Turkey.
The Turkish elections, according to some Afghan residents who reside there, are significant for the situation of Afghan immigrants in this nation.
"Afghans with Turkish passports who are here can cast ballots. The Afghans want the winning candidate to resolve the immigration issue,” said Mohammad Sadiq, another Afghan national in Turkey.
Elections in Turkey are significant for nations in the region and throughout the world, including America and Russia. Evidently, Russia likes of Recep Tayyip Erdogan's initiatives while the US respects Kemal Klçdarolu's ideas.