LIVE: Turkey decides between Erdoğan and Kılıçdaroğlu
Coverage of election day and election night on May 14 with results and analysis
Sunday 14 May 2023
Election podcast #8: Erdoğan’s health
Rumours abound about the Turkish president's health just two-and-a-half weeks before election day, and just hours before Turkish citizens overseas begin voting.
Wednesday 26 April 2023
Election podcast #7: Understanding the ’other’ opposition
There's more to Turkey's opposition than the centrist movement led by Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu. Who makes up the leftist alliance, and what are their chances?
Wednesday 12 April 2023
Election podcast #6: Confidence in nationalist numbers
The hard-right MHP becomes the first party to announce their 600 candidates for parliament. Is it a sign of confidence, or bravado? And with men making up the vast majority of the list, Michael also considers the party's problem with women – and whether it even cares.
Friday 7 April 2023
Election podcast #5: The lady’s not for turning
Meral Akşener is typically defiant after gunshots are fired at the headquarters of her İYİ Party in Istanbul.
Friday 31 March 2023
Election podcast #4: Three is a magic number
Turkey's election authorities will rule today on opposition to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's bid for a third term. The outcome is not really in doubt, but what's the argument about?
Thursday 30 March 2023
Election podcast #3: Is Turkey’s oldest nationalist party in trouble?
The MHP rejects a joint electoral list with the AK Party. Is that a show of confidence, or concealing weakness?
Wednesday 29 March 2023
Meral Akşener: the Erdoğan rival who won’t stand against him
She's ruled herself out of the running, but there's still an outside chance that the İYİ leader will be on the ballot paper
Mansur Yavaş: how many people know what he really thinks?
The Mayor of Ankara has run a stealth campaign to become the opposition's candidate for president. The trouble will start if he's actually selected
Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu: hope in the man who’s never beaten Erdoğan
The CHP leader can’t claim a national election victory in his 13 years at the helm, but entered 2023 as the top opposition candidate for president