Turkey election: Third-place finisher endorses Erdogan
22 May 2023 | 3:41 pm
Ultra-nationalist Sinan Ogan has thrown his support behind the incumbent in the runoff vote. He had previously called for all refugees to be deported as one of his demands for an endorsement.
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