The latest round of Turkish elections have seen the continuation of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s term in office. President Erdogan declared victory in the election, giving him a majority in the National Assembly and extending his rule into a third decade. Supporters of Erdogan, leading the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) gathered outside his Istanbul home to celebrate the victory.
The process of the election itself was marred by allegations of irregularities such as ballot stuffing, and the imprisoning of close to 100,000 people in the leadup to the election. International observers criticized the vote, pointing out that press freedom had been further restricted since the previous election and that there had been a lack of impartiality amongst electoral authorities. Despite this, government offices are still reporting that the polls were mostly peaceful and orderly.
Erdogan’s challenger, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), received 31% of the vote. In his address following the election, Erdogan mocked Kilicdaroglu, saying “bye bye bye, Kemal.” However, in a speech given to supporters after the results were declared, Kilicdaroglu said Turkey needed to remain true to its democratic values and respect the outcome of the election, even though he himself did not agree with it.
It is clear that President Erdogan has made his mark on the country with his political clout. As Turkey moves forward under his leadership, it will be important for both sides of the political spectrum to come together and work for a better future for the nation. While there may be some concerns over the irregularities of the election process, it is ultimately up to the Turkish people to decide the future of their country.
Regardless of how they feel about Erdogan’s win, citizens can be assured that the justice system will remain impartial and any abuses of power will be punished accordingly. For now, it is time for the Turkish nation to unite and focus on the common goal of a prosperous and secure future for generations to come.