On Sunday, Turkey’s presidential runoff election was won by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Erdogan is going to extend his 20 years at the pinnacle of Turkey’s political hierarchy with the triumph.
According to data given by the nation’s Supreme Election Council, Erdogan received 27,513,587 votes, or 52.14% of the total votes cast, defeating rival Kemal Kilicdaroglu, who garnered 25,260,109 votes, or 47.86%, according to CNN.
Erdogan was proclaimed the victor of Sunday’s presidential runoff election by Turkey’s Supreme Election Council.
According to DiasporaInfo, Tayyip Erdogan scored 49.5% in the first round of voting, falling short of securing a majority.
However, earlier on Sunday in the runoff, he appeared to be well-positioned to triumph over his pro-Western rival this time.
In a runoff election, which began on Sunday across Turkey for the second time in two weeks, voters will choose whether Erdogan will keep his position as president or be removed by his more liberal rival.
With 93% of the ballot boxes opened by Sunday evening, Tayyip Erdogan had 52.5% of the vote versus Kilicdaroglu’s 47.5%, according to Anadolu Agency.
85% of those who were entitled to vote did so, which was a modest decline from the first round on May 14 in terms of turnout. An attendance rate of approximately 90% was noted two weeks prior.
On May 14, Tayyip Erdogan received 49.5% of the vote, while Kilicdaroglu received 44.8%. Sinan Ogan, who finished in third place with 5% of the vote, was disqualified since neither contender received more than 50% of the vote.
Last Monday, Ogan endorsed Erdogan. However, not all of his supporters supported the incumbent, with about similar numbers switching to Kilicdaroglu on Sunday.
Tayyip Erdogan is a socially conservative president who took office in 2014 after serving as prime minister for 11 years. Under his direction, Turkey has worked to forge deeper diplomatic and commercial connections with China and Russia while portraying itself as a potential mediator in international conflicts, such as the one in Ukraine.
In his own country, Erdogan strengthened the authority of his own office in response to a failed coup attempt in 2016. He also appealed to conservative Muslim voters by lifting a long-standing prohibition on religious head coverings in public places and redesignating Istanbul’s famed Hagia Sophia as a mosque.
Kilicdaroglu is a centrist who wants to roll back several of Erdogan’s domestic reforms, especially the constitutional amendments made in 2016.
If elected, he has vowed to initiate EU accession discussions right once, repair fences with Turkey’s NATO allies, and boost the economy of the nation.