President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wins the second round of the Turkish presidential election. He reigned again for a third term. Photo/REUTERS
ANKARA – Presiden Recep Tayyip Erdogan win second round of presidential election Turki which is held on Sunday. Thus, he reigned again as president for a third term.
The head of Turkey’s Supreme Electoral Council officially announced that Erdogan had defeated his rival, Kemal Kilicdaroglu.
Chairman of the Supreme Electoral Council Ahmet Yener said Erdogan won 52.14% of the vote, while Kilicdaroglu won 47.86%.
The incumbent president beat his rival by about 2.2 million votes.
“We will rule the country for the next five years,” Erdogan told cheering supporters from a bus in his home district of Istanbul, as quoted by Reuters, Monday (29/5/2023).
“God willing, we will deserve your trust,” he said again.
He thanked the people who voted and said he completed the second round of the election against Kemal Kilicdaroglu with their support.
So far there has been no response from Kemal Kilicdaroglu on Erdogan’s victory.
This election has been seen as one of the most important for Turkey, where the opposition believes they have a strong chance of toppling Erdogan after his popularity has been hit by a cost of living crisis.
On the contrary, a victory would strengthen Erdogan’s image of invincibility, having redrawn domestic, economic, security and foreign policies in the NATO member nation of 85 million people and positioned Turkey as a regional power.
The state-run Anadolu news agency and ANKA news agency reported that nearly 99 percent of the ballot boxes had been counted and that Erdogan’s victory was inevitable.