After his narrowest election victory to date, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on his country to “overcome the disputes of the election campaign”. In a speech to celebrating supporters in Ankara, Erdogan called for unity and solidarity, while his defeated competitor Kemal Kilicdaroglu continued to be combative. Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) meanwhile invited Erdogan to Berlin – and expressed the desire for “fresh vigour” in Turkish-German relations.
Erdogan, an Islamic conservative, won a solid 52 percent of the votes, while his social democratic rival Kilicdaroglu received close to 48 percent, according to the results announced by the Turkish electoral authorities on Monday after all the ballots had been counted. Erdogan declared in his victory address in front of the presidential palace that it was time to “overcome the election campaign disagreements” and come together in harmony and solidarity “around the dreams of our nation.” On the other hand, Erdogan’s lost opponent Kilicdaroglu voiced “sadness” about the implications of Erdogan’s victory for Turkey’s future and said he would keep pushing for a change in direction.
English news outlets saw Erdogan ahead after the majority of votes were counted. An Amtsinhaber victory in the Turkish presidential election is predicted: Following the counting of well over 90% of the votes, Recep Tayyip Erdoan is ahead of Kemal Klçdarolu, the current president. An intense race is beginning in Turkey. According to information from an opposition-friendly news agency, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoan is leading in the presidential election. Following the opening of around 87 percent of the urns, Erdoan came in second place to his hereditary president Kemal Klçdarolu with 49.4 percent on Sunday.
The government agency Anadolu predicted that Erdoan will win by about 52.9 percent. Ahmet Yener, the head of the electoral commission, had already appealed for patience and asked people to wait for the final results. People could vote nationwide until 17 o’clock local time. First numbers indicate that 84 percent of eligible voters participated in the stitch election. An estimated 61 million people were urged to vote in Turkey. From May 20 to 24, more than three million people who were eligible to vote may do so in Germany and other countries. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the current mayor, entered the election as the favorite.
Präsidentschaftswahl in der Türkei Ergebnis der Stichwahl Vorläufiges Ergebnis Recep Tayyip Erdogan 52,1% KemalKılıçdaroğlu 47,9% Ergebnis im 1. Wahlgang
The runoff election’s circumstances are critically viewed by international election observers. In the meantime, the conditions surrounding the runoff election have drawn criticism from foreign election observers. Frank Schwabe (SPD), a participant in the joint election observation mission with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), is a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. According to an OSZE press release, Erdogan’s “Bevorteilung” was the topic of discussion, and the European Parliament’s plenary session railed against “media voreingenommenness” and “ongoing restrictions on free speech.”
Erdogan was re-elected for another five years. One day after the constitution of Turkey’s also newly elected parliament, on Friday, the 69-year-old is expected to resign from his position. Due to the severe economic crisis, the government leader received the most criticism at the time. Additionally, his reckless crisis management during the February earthquake that claimed 50.000 lives was exposed. Erdogan clearly succeeded in organizing his supporters despite this.