Erdogan Wins Another Term in Turkish Elections
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won a historic third term, defeating challenger Kemal Kilicdaroglu in Sunday’s runoff election. The election was decided after Erdogan and his rival Kilicdaroglu failed to win an outright majority in the first round. Erdogan took 52.1% of the vote, while Kilicdaroglu got 47.9% with almost all votes counted.
The election results have been met with mixed reactions both internally and externally. While Erdogan’s supporters celebrated his victory by waving flags and honking horns in Istanbul.
Opposition Criticizes Election
The race was exceptionally tight between the leaders of the two main political blocs: incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Erdoğan, who has ruled the country first as prime minister and then as president since 2003. and challenger Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, complaining of “the most unfair election in recent years”, Mr Kilicdaroglu said the president’s political party had mobilized all the means of the state against him.
World Leaders Congratulate Erdogan
Congratulations to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Türkiye on his re-election.
I look forward to continuing to work together as NATO Allies on bilateral issues and shared global challenges.
— President Biden (@POTUS) May 28, 2023
Leaders around the world expressed their regards to Recep Tayyip Erdogan after he won another term. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz congratulated Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his election victory. US President Joe Biden expressed his best wishes to Erdogan, saying he looked “forward to continuing to work together as NATO allies on bilateral issues and shared global challenges.” Russian President Vladimir Putin also congratulated the Turkish leader, saying his victory was “the logical result” of his dedicated work as head of the Turkish Republic.
Cumhurbaşkanlığı seçimlerindeki zaferinden dolayı Cumhurbaşkanı @RTErdogan kutluyorum.
Avrupa’nın güvenliği ve istikrarı için işbirliğimizin geliştirilmesini ve ülkelerimizin yararına stratejik ortaklığımızın daha da güçlendirilmesini umuyoruz.
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) May 28, 2023
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he was counting on building the partnership with Turkey, in his congratulatory words to Erdogan. He said he looked forward to strengthening cooperation “for the security and stability of Europe.”
Erdogan’s Plans for Turkey
Erdogan made the most of his victory, with an initial speech to supporters atop a bus in Turkey’s biggest city Istanbul, followed after dark by a balcony address from his palace to an adoring crowd that he numbered at 320,000 people. “It is not just us who won, Turkey won,” he declared, calling it one of the most important elections in Turkish history. The president admitted that tackling inflation was Turkey’s most urgent issue.
Photo credit: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sivas (Muhammad Selim Korkutata/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)