2023 Turkish Presidential Election Ballot

2023 Turkish Presidential Election Ballot

Updated Apr 15, 2023 at 03:50PM EDT by jelican.

Added Jun 05, 2022 at 08:00PM EDT by jelican.

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2023 Turkish Presidential Election Ballot refers to a series of memes centered around a ballot for a Turkish election with the left side showing current President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the right side showing a character or item of the creator's choosing. The ballot is ticked for the thing on the right, indicating that the memer would vote for literally anything over Erdogan.

Origin

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has held power in Turkiye, as Prime Minister and then as President, since 2003. At first democratically elected, Erdogan continually made attempts to amend the constitution and cement his power. Following an attempted coup in 2016, he instituted a series of reforms and consolidated more power in his own hands.[1]

Many of those opposed to Erdogan, both within Turkiye and abroad, have taken to the internet, and the Presidential Election Ballot meme might be seen as a commentary on the increasing lack of options offered by the Turkish political system, and about personal dislike of Erdogan.

An early instance of the meme was posted (seen below) to Twitter in 2014 by @FannibalTurkey, receiving 23 likes and 10 retweets over eight years. In that meme, which features a different format than the majority of later Presidential Ballot memes, Hannibal Lecter is selected instead of Erdogan or any of the other candidates.[2]

10 AĞUSTOS 2014 CUMHURBAŞKANLIĞI SEÇİMİ OY PUSULASI Selahattin Demirtas 2 Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu O Hannibal Lecter Recep Tayyip Erdoğan EVET *R* HANNIBALTR

Spread

Turkish Presidential Election Ballot memes spread most widely in 2021.

An April 7th, 2021 post on the Facebook meme page Kemalist Memes, in which voters chose a chimpanzee named Greg over Erdogan, received 12 likes in the course of a year.[3]

CUMHURBAŞKANI ADAYLARI RECEP TAYYİP ERDOĞAN 이 GREG (Evet DI


A May 14th, 2021 meme by opposition press outlet @solcugazette, which showed the text "I don't even care anymore" as the selected option not he right, earned over 6,448 likes over the course of a year, and hundreds of replies, many of which included further variations of the meme.[4]


An October 24th, 2021 post (seen below) by Twitter user @tyfnozdl earned almost 10,000 likes and over 400 retweets over the course of two years. It shows a voter choosing a bag of chips over President Erdogan.[5]


The next Turkish Presidential Election will be held on May 14th, 2023. Erdogan is the only candidate so far announced.[6]

Various Examples


RECEP TAYYİP ERDOĞAN Karlos Evet Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Kedi Evet GULDUM.NET RECEP TAYYİP ERDOGAN O Lipton ICE TEA Şeftall Arsmall Içecek LİPTON ICE TEA ŞEFTALİ Evet RECEP TAYYİP ERDOĞAN O RECEP TAYYİP ERDOGAN RECEP TAYY ROLAN B TOPL BU MEME TEMPLATE BU MEME TEMPLATE Bony Evet Evet CUMHURBAŞKANI ADAYLARI RECEP TAYYİP ERDOĞAN Şeytan Evet

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Gilan
Gilan

The man has almost single-handedly derailed his country in ways that the Kermalists predicted. Vicious foreign policy and religious nationalism to distract from an oppressive and corrupt domestic policies and an economy striken by his own ineptitude. It's really a textbook example of the populist endgame. The frightening thing is he still has supporters.

“Democracy is like a tram. You ride it until you arrive at your destination, then you step off". – Erdogan

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