Erdogan wins presidential elections in Turkey
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Former Prime Minister of Turkey won the first presidential elections of the country against the opposition party candidate Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and Selahattin Demirtas, securing a 51.95 percent of the votes while the others received 38.34 and 9.71 percent of votes respectively.
With this victory, Erdogan’s 11 year period as a Prime Minister comes to an end during which he has faced several challenges in implementing the plans and projects of the government. Although he won, several citizens eligible for voting did not show up to cast their votes and almost 53 million people were declared eligible for voting. At a particular counter which expected 1,000 voters, less than 200 voters only showed up.
A computer engineer from Istanbul who voted at the polls said, “I think a lot of people don’t vote today because they simply gave up. Everybody thinks that Erdogan will win, so they don’t vote at all.”
Erdogan delivered his victory speech from the balcony of his office at the Justice and Development Party headquarters located in Ankara. Onlookers were cheering him and waving the Turkish flag while he delivered the speech.
“I will not be the president of only those who voted for me, I will be the president of 77 million,” Erdogan said. “Today the national will won once again, today democracy won once again. Those who didn’t vote for me won as much as those who did, those who don’t like me won as much as those who do.”
Although it is known that Erdogan has won the elections, the final results will be announced only today. Demritas, co-chairs of the pro-Kurdish Democratic People’s party congratulated Erdogan on his victory.
“The messages we wanted to convey has reached all of Turkey, and our presidential election campaign has reached its goal. This is an important result and a victory,” said Demritas.