Following a tense run-off election, the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won re-election, according to the country’s Supreme Election Council and unofficial data from the state-run Anadolu Agency, after he failed to secure more than 50 percent of votes required for an outright victory in the first round on the 14th of May.
Africa Today News, New York recalls that with almost all of the votes counted, Erdogan received 52.14 percent of votes in the second round on Sunday, beating his challenger, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, who won 47.86 percent, according to the Supreme Election Council.
The result is expected to be confirmed in the coming days.
The vote seals Erdogan’s place in history as he extends his 20-year rule for a further five years.
He had already outstripped the 15-year presidency of the Republic of Turkey’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
Erdogan appeared outside his residence in Istanbul’s Uskudar, where he sang before thanking an adoring crowd.
‘We have completed the second round of the presidential elections with the favour of our people,’ Erdogan said. ‘God willing we will be worthy of your trust as we have been for the last 21 years.’
He added that all 85 million citizens of the country were the “victors” of the two rounds of voting on May 14 and May 28.
The president also said that the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) will hold candidate Kilicdaroglu accountable for his bad performance, adding that the number of the CHP seats in the parliament decreased compared to the 2017 polls.
He then headed to Ankara, where he addressed supporters at the presidential palace. Erdogan congratulated the crowds, and told them that the most urgent issue the country currently faced was inflation, before adding that it was not a difficult problem to solve.
Official data shows that inflation in Turkey was at 50.5 percent in March, down from a high of 85.6 percent in October.