Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s hard-fought victory in Sunday’s run-off election has extended his rule to a third decade. Erdogan emerged as the winner with just over 52% of the vote, according to preliminary results.
Thousands of Erdogan supporters gathered outside the AK Party’s Istanbul headquarters, expressing their unwavering devotion and trust in their leader.
“We love him very much. He is our father, our grandfather, our everything,” said one ardent supporter.
Meanwhile, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of an opposition alliance, fell more than two million votes behind Erdogan, leaving a blow to hopes for change in Turkey. Kilicdaroglu acknowledged the people’s will for change, despite the challenges and pressures they faced during the election.
As Erdogan begins his new term, the troubled economy remains a pressing concern. Turkey grapples with a cost-of-living crisis, characterized by soaring inflation and a plummeting lira. The aftermath of the devastating earthquake in February further exacerbates the nation’s challenges, with anger lingering over poor preparation and a chaotic response.
The world will closely monitor how he navigates the troubled economy, addresses the aftermath of the earthquake, and tackles concerns about democracy within Turkey. As a pivotal NATO ally and influential regional power, Erdogan’s actions will shape the future of the nation.