Turkey re-elected by President Erdogan for a new term

The current president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has been re-elected for a new five-year term after the electoral authorities counted the votes cast this Sunday, the day of the second round in Turkey, Telesur reported.

With 98.64% of the votes counted, the incumbent, the People’s Alliance candidate, outperforms his opponent, the National Alliance’s opposition candidate Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, who adds 47.91% of electoral support to the second round, with 52.09% of the vote.

Addressing supporters outside his residence in Istanbul, Erdogan thanked them for voting, calling the elections “a celebration of democracy.”

“I would like to congratulate all members of our organization, election observers and our election team. The second round of presidential elections is over.”

“I thank our people for the triumph of democracy that they gave us. I also thank our people for entrusting us with the responsibility of running the country for the next five years,” the Turkish president said.

His speech came after unofficial results showed him leading with 52.09% of the vote and 98.64% of ballots counted.

Polling stations opened at 08:00 (local time) and closed at 17:00. A total of 191,885 polling stations were created for these elections.

Chairman of the Supreme Electoral Council of Turkey Ahmet Yener noted that the electoral body had not received any reports of any negative events during the voting.

Addressing the media after the completion of the vote, Yener said that all objections had been considered by the relevant authorities and thanked everyone who helped the authority organize a successful election.

On May 14, none of the candidates won the necessary majority to become head of state in the first round of presidential elections, which were held together with legislative elections.

Source: Juventud Rebelde


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