Saturday, 20 July 2024
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wins another Turkish election

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wins another Turkish election

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan left his mark in the history of the Republic of Turkey with another win on Sunday.

 

The preliminary results announced by the Supreme Election Council (YSK), based on the count of 99.43% of the vote, awarded Erdoğan 52.14% of the vote, against his rival Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu’s 47.86%. YSK Chair Ahmet Yener officially announced Erdoğan as the next president based on unofficial results at a news conference.

 

A triumphant Erdoğan addressed his supporters briefly outside his residence in Istanbul’s Kısıklı district after most of the ballots were counted, before heading to the capital Ankara, to the Presidential Complex for his election victory speech. In most provinces, streets were filled with jubilant supporters of the president, as cars honked horns and people waved Turkish flags and posters of Erdoğan. Outside the Presidential Complex, a massive crowd (of about 320,000, according to Erdoğan) awaited the president for hours before he climbed up on a stage set up in front of the building for his speech.

 

Erdoğan thanked citizens who "once again" gave him the responsibility of serving the country as he commenced his speech.