Erdoğan wins Turkish presidential election
Date Added: 29 May 2023

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan left his mark in the history of the Republic of Türkiye with another win on Sunday.

The preliminary results announced by the Supreme Election Council (YSK), based on the count of 99.43% of the vote, awarded Erdoğan 52.14% of the vote, against his rival Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu’s 47.86%.

YSK Chair Ahmet Yener officially announced Erdoğan as the next president based on unofficial results at a news conference.

A triumphant Erdoğan addressed his supporters briefly outside his residence in İstanbul’s Kısıklı district after most of the ballots were counted, before heading to the capital Ankara, to the Presidential Complex for his election victory speech.

Erdoğan thanked citizens who once again gave him the responsibility of serving the country as he commenced his speech.

“You did not abandon the People’s Alliance, and we walked this path together. Are you ready to build the ‘Century of Türkiye’ together?” he said, referring to his ambitious plan of reforms for the centenary of the Republic of Türkiye.

The president highlighted that “all 85 million people” of Türkiye “won today,” regardless of the candidate they supported, praising the nation’s will for democracy.

“Nobody lost today. We are not offended by anyone’s choice. It is time to set aside everything and become united to achieve our national dreams. It is a heartfelt call,” he said.

In most provinces, streets were filled with jubilant supporters of the president, as cars honked horns and people waved Turkish flags and posters of Erdoğan.