Incumbent Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been re-elected President with 53% of the votes in the first round to become Turkey’s first executive President.
The outright victory for Turkey’s long-standing leader gives him a new five-year term with sweeping powers after parliament abolished the position of Prime Minister.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, aged 64 begins a new era in Turkey marked by a switch from the Parliamentary to the Presidential System of governance voted during a referendum last year.
Main opposition candidate Muharrem Ince who got 31% of the votes despite a lively campaign attracting huge crowds accepted the result on the basis of poll figures and acknowledged the victory of the incumbent. The other presidential candidates had less than 10% of the votes each.
The 64-years-old Erdogan declared victory for the People’s Alliance, a bloc between his ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), saying they had won a parliamentary majority in the legislative elections, also held on Sunday.
During a triumphant victory speech from the balcony of his party’s headquarters in the capital Ankara declaring: He said “The winner of this election is each and every individual among my 81 million citizens.”
He told the cheering crowds of enthusiastic supporters in the capital, Ankara that, “Our democracy has won, the people’s will has won, Turkey has won.” He also thanked the Turkish citizens who cast their ballots in an election that saw a record turnout of 87 percent.
Prior to the re-election Recep Tayyip Erdogan had stirred a strong economy and support. He has governed Turkey for more than 15 years as Prime Minister and President. He improved healthcare, education and infrastructure in the country.
Supporters foresee better living condition with the re election, “Things will get better from now on. There will be less bureaucracy and more investments. The foreign powers that are playing games on Turkey’s economy got their response.” Ahmet Dindarol, 35, told Al Jazeera, as he joined in the celebrations in front of the AK Party headquarters in Istanbul.
Several Heads of State from Arabe countries have sent their congratulations to the President elect, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.