February 25, 2024
Erdogan Wins Re-Election In Turkey After Tough Challenge
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Erdogan Wins Re-Election In Turkey After Tough Challenge

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has won his reelection bid, defeating the opposition candidate, Kemal Kilicdaroglu.

 

According to preliminary official results announced by Turkey’s Supreme Election Council (YSK) on Sunday, President Erdogan won with 52.14 percent of the votes while Mr. Kilicdaroglu received 47.86 percent.

 

In a televised speech, the council’s chairman, Ahmet Yener, said the Turkish President led Mr. Kilicdaroglu by 2.2 million votes. More than 99 percent of the ballot boxes had been counted, he said, and those remaining would not change the winner.

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Addressing his supporters near his home in Istanbul, President Erdogan saluted the crowd, sang a song and thanked his supporters, saying the winners of both the 14 May elections and the 28 May elections are all Turkey’s 85 million citizens.

 

Mr. Kilicdaroglu, who told his supporters that he did not contest the results, claimed the election overall had been unfair.

 

The victory gives the Turkish President another five-year term, meaning he will remain in power until 2028. The Turkish top politician became prime minister in 2003 and president in 2014.

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