Turkey’s president Erdogan wins election in the second round of voting

Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures to supporters at the presidential palace, in Ankara

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will rule until 2028 after winning the second round in the Turkish presidential election. 

He defeated rival Kemal Kilicdaroglu after coming just short of an outright victory first time around on 14 May. The 69-year-old thanked voters for entrusting him with power again and called for unity.Erdogan secured more than 52% of the vote, though the results have split the nation. 

However, he soon targeted political foes, such as challenger Kemal Kilicdaroglu, jailed Kurdish leader Selahattin Demirtas and the LGBT community. 

Secular rival Kilicdaroglu said the election was “the most unjust ever,” claiming Erdogan had mobilised all state resources and the media he controls against him. “We will continue to be at the forefront of this struggle until real democracy comes to our country,” he said in Ankara.

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