Turkey’s democracy outperforms its counterparts in the world


The presidential and parliamentary elections in Turkey, which took place on Sunday, achieved a record participation rate of about 90 percent, surpassing the largest democracies in the world.

In the presidential elections, the Supreme Electoral Commission in Turkey announced that Erdogan, the candidate of the Public Alliance, won 49.51 percent of the vote, compared to 44.88 percent for the candidate of the Nation Alliance, Kamal Kilicdaroglu, after counting 100 percent of the votes at home.

The results of the Turkish parliamentary elections, which were conducted with the presidential ballot, indicate that the Public Alliance, which includes the Justice and Development Party, the National Movement Party and other parties, advanced by 49.37 percent, after counting 99 percent of the vote, while the opposition People’s Alliance led by Kemal Kilicdaroglu got 35.12 percent of the vote. .


Thus, the resolution of the presidential elections was postponed to the second round, scheduled for May 28.

Yesterday, the participation rate in the elections reached 88.92 percent, and with this percentage Turkey is superior to the major democratic countries in the world.

In the 2020 US presidential elections, in which the United States recorded the highest participation rate in the twenty-first century, the turnout of eligible citizens to vote was 66.8 percent, according to the US Census Bureau.

Likewise, the French elections of 2022, as the participation rate in the second round of the presidential elections reached 63.23 percent, according to what was announced by the Ministry of the Interior, which is two points lower than in the second round of the 2017 elections.

In the German elections that led to the selection of Olaf Scholz as chancellor of the country to succeed Angela Merkel, the turnout in the elections reached 76.6 percent.

As for Israel, which describes itself as the largest democracy in the Middle East, the participation rate in its legislative elections last November reached 47.5 percent, the highest since 1999, according to the country’s election commission.


“high demand”

The German Foreign Ministry welcomed the large turnout of Turkish citizens to participate in the presidential and legislative elections.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Andrea Sassi said in a press conference on Monday that the high turnout showed that Turkish citizens “attach great importance to democratic standards and benefit from them.”

In turn, German government spokesman Steffen Hebbestreit praised the “democratic elections” in Turkey.

“respect the will of the people”

Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani affirmed his country’s respect for the will of the Turkish people, which was evident in Sunday’s elections.

He said in an interview with the newspaper “Il Messaggero” that Turkey continues to be “one of the main players in NATO and in (efforts) stability in the Mediterranean.”

“The Triumph of Democracy”

The Iranian Foreign Ministry considered that the high turnout for the Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections is “an indication of the victory of democracy” in this country.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani announced that the large turnout of the Turkish people in the presidential elections is “an indication of the victory of democracy” in this country.

He congratulated the Turkish people, election organizers, leaders and political parties in Turkey for this wide participation in the Turkish elections, wishing them a better future after these elections.


“big win”

In turn, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, described the high participation rate in the presidential and parliamentary elections that took place in Turkey on Sunday as a “great gain.”

“The large turnout in these elections is really good news, because this shows the Turkish people’s commitment to casting their votes by using their rights and appreciation for democratic institutions,” she said during a press conference with EU Council President Karl Michel.

It should be noted that the participation rate in Turkey’s elections in 2018 amounted to about 86.24 percent, which was considered at that time a record number that surpassed the major democracies in the world, according to Western and international newspapers.