Erdogan ‘wins’ Turkey’s presidential election

A Turkish government spokesman announced Sunday that The ncumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had won his re-election with 52.8 percent of the vote while main opposition Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) presidential candidate Muharrem Ince has so far received 30.8 percent of the votes..

Commenting on his victory, Erdogan said Sunday that his government would continue to respond to those who threaten Turkey via terror organizations. He called on his country to focus on the future after the election, and renewed his determination to improve rights and freedoms in the country.

Meanwhile, the newly formed Good Party’s (İP)’ presidential candidate Meral Akşener gets 7.5 percent of the votes and the pro-PKK Peoples’ Democratic Party’s (HDP) candidate Selahattin Demirtaş has won 7.2 percent.

Temel Karamollaoğlu for the Felicity Party (SP) had 0.9 percent of the votes and Patriotic Party (VP) Chairman Doğu Perinçek managed to garner only 0.2 percent of the votes.

In a speech at the presidential mansion in Istanbul’s Sarıyer district, Erdoğan thanked Turkish electorate for their support to himself and the Justice and Development Party(AK Party).

The incumbent urged that his re-election was a public mandate and that there would be “no turning back” on the economic path he and his ruling AKP party had plotted for the country.

“Our people have given us the job of carrying out the presidential and executive posts,” he said in a short speech from Istanbul, Reuters reported. “I hope nobody will try to cast a shadow on the results and harm democracy in order to hide their own failure.”

Erdogan has served in Turkey’s highest political office since 2014, also serving as its prime minister from 2003 to 2014. He is the founder of the Justice and Development Party (AKP). On July 15, 2016, the Turkish military attempted to remove Erdogan from office, but the coup d’etat was suppressed and widespread purges of the civil and military ranks followed. Erdogan’s government blamed a Muslim cleric, Fethullah Guelen, once Erdogan’s political ally, but now exiled and living in the US.

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