Türkiye’s Election Board Declares Erdogan As Winner

Türkiye’s Election Board Declares Erdogan As Winner

ANKARA, May 29 (NNN-XINHUA) – Turkish Supreme Election Council chairman, declared incumbent President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, winner of the presidential runoff. Ahmet Yener said to reporters, Erodgan is reelected as president, according to initial results.

Erdogan won 52.14 percent of votes, in the presidential runoff against his rival, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, who garnered 47.86 percent of the votes, Yener said.

He added that, 196,744 ballot boxes, or 99.43 percent of all, have been opened.

In the first round of the presidential election, on May 14, Erdogan earned 49.52 percent of the vote, while Kilicdaroglu received 44.88 percent.

Neither secured more than 50 percent of the votes needed to call a winner in the first round, therefore, an election runoff was held for the first time, for the presidency.

The third-place candidate, nationalist politician, Sinan Ogan, with 5.17 percent of votes, announced his endorsement of Erdogan in the runoff, where only the two most supported were able to race.

Erdogan’s People’s Alliance, composed of the ruling Justice and Development Party, and Nationalist Movement Party, garnered a majority of 323 seats in the 600-seat parliament, in the parliament election, while the six-party opposition block Nation Alliance, received 212 seats.

The twin elections saw a high voter turnout at 86.98 percent, with almost 54 million citizens going to the polls.

Erdogan, who has been leading the country since he became prime minister in 2003, became the first president of Türkiye in 2018, following a constitutional referendum in 2017, which changed Türkiye’s parliamentary system into a presidential system.

Under his leadership, Türkiye has increased its presence in regional affairs, despite contentions with the United States and other Western allies on issues such as, the Syria conflict and rapprochement with Russia.

Erdogan’s win came, amid the country’s current economic troubles and cost-of-living crisis. The Turkish lira lost roughly 80 percent of its value against the U.S. dollar in five years, and the inflation rate is around 50 percent. Erdogan is a supporter of an unorthodox economic policy of lowering interest rates despite high inflation.

The crisis is further exacerbated by the devastating earthquakes in early Feb, in southern Türkiye, which killed more than 50,000 people and left tens of thousands of people homeless.

In the last two weeks, the two candidates focused to appeal to nationalist votes in their campaigns.

Erdogan promised a new “Turkish century,” if he is reelected. He also stressed his presidency as a requirement for harmony among state institutions and stability in the country, as his alliance held the majority at parliament.


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