In the May 14 elections of Turkey, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and the Millet Alliance came out overwhelmingly ahead in the Balkan countries, some of which went to the polls for the first time this year. The record was set in Montenegro, where Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu received 80% of the votes, while only in Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina Erdoğan was able to finish the race ahead by a small margin.
As the analysis of overseas votes and ballot boxes continues, it was seen that voters in Balkan countries preferred Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu in the presidential election by a clear margin, just like in the USA, Canada and Australia. In 7 of the ballot boxes in 9 countries, including Greece, Bulgaria and the Western and Southern Balkan countries, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and the Millet Alliance came out ahead by a landslide, while in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo Recep Tayyip Erdoğan finished the race with a small margin.
KARADAĞ HOLDS THE RECORD
In Montenegro, one of the Balkan countries where ballot boxes were set up for the first time in these elections, about 63% of the 1704 registered Turkish voters went to the polls and Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu received 79.66% of the votes. In the country where Erdoğan received 12.93% of the vote, Sinan Oğan received 4.50%. In the parliamentary elections, the Millet Alliance received 58.59% of the votes, while the Labor and Freedom Alliance received 21.03% and the People’s Alliance 13.33%.
GREECE AND BULGARIA ALSO VOTED FOR KILIÇDAROĞLU
Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu was the first choice of Turkish citizens voting in Turkey’s neighbors Greece and Bulgaria. With 11,714 registered voters, turnout in Greece was dismally low, with only 12.68% of the electorate going to the polls. Despite this, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu received 75.88% of the votes, while Erdoğan received 16.98%. The Millet Alliance received 55.90% of the vote and the Labor and Freedom Alliance 22.87%. In Turkey’s other neighbor Bulgaria, 22.66% of 8668 registered voters cast their ballots and Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu received 69.16% of the vote. Tayyip Erdoğan received 24.03% of the vote, with 61.09% for the Nation Alliance and 8.84% for the Labor and Freedom Alliance.
ERDOĞAN AHEAD IN KOSOVO AND BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
On the other hand, in Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina, where the local Muslim population is also majority, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan led the polls. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, government officials and prominent political figures had also called for Erdoğan’s support before the election. While exactly 50% of the 2946 registered voters in this country voted, Erdoğan received 45.92% of the votes and Kılıçdaroğlu 43.38%. In the country where the People’s Alliance received 45.58% of the votes, the National Alliance received 40.30%. Similarly, in Kosovo, 48.54% of 2192 registered voters went to the polls and Erdoğan received 48.77% of the vote. Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu received 42.83% of the vote.
The highest turnout in the first round of the elections was in Montenegro with 62.79% and the lowest in Greece with 12.68%. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan received the lowest number of votes in Montenegro with 12.93%, while Nationalist candidate Sinan Oğan received the highest number of votes in Kosovo with 6.32%. The highest number of votes for the Labor and Freedom Alliance came from Greece with 22.87