Erdogan wins Turkish Presidential elections

Erdogan speaking to his supporters in Istanbul (Photo: TRT)
Erdogan speaking to his supporters in Istanbul (Photo: TRT)

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan won first and historic Turkish presidential election in which voters decided who will lead a country over the next term, he will serve as the 12th President of the Republic since Kemal Atatürk abolished Ottoman Empire and transformed Turkey into a republican political system. Erdogan will succeed party colleague and one of closest political allies Abdullah Gül and will continue AKP era in presidential office. According to media reports Erdogan won with 53% of votes after almost 95% of counted votes, while his opponents Ekmeleddin Ishanoglu i Selahattin Demirtas got just over 30 and 9 percent of support from Turkish voters. 

Erdogan leave premiership as creator of Turkish economic boom and quite political stability but also transformation from tightly secular to more controlled and with bigger religious influence over the decision making process. Once he takes over Turkish Presidency Erdogan will have significantly less powers and influence but it is expected that after next year parliamentary elections, and if his AKP wins enough support, Erdogan will undertake constitutional reforms which will help him boost presidential powers and influence over decision making process. Many are asking one of the most significant questions which is who is going to succeed Erdogan as Prime Minister. In many eyes Erdogan’s successor could be current President Gül, something similar to Russian model, or one of two prominent allies of Erdogan in his cabinet very popular Minister of Foreign Affairs and academic Ahmet Davutoglu or former speaker of Parliament and current Deputy Premier Bulent Arinc.

Erdogan, Ihsanoglu, Demirtas (Photo: TRT)
Erdogan, Ihsanoglu, Demirtas (Photo: TRT)

Surprise is that Erdogan didn’t won this elections with more support, just over 50% of votes for him, signifies that his support is not that strong as it was presented in recent polls. Following unofficial results and predictions Erdogan gave short victory speech in Istanbul where he said that his main goal is continue serving his people and country promising that as President will continue working on building advanced democracy. While speaking in Istanbul Erdogan said that official victory speech will follow 100% counted votes and official results from balcony at the AKP Party HQ in Ankara.

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