PM Modi congratulates Recep Tayyip Erdogan on being re-elected as President of Turkey
PM Modi took to Twitter to congratulate Erdogan, said that he is confident that the bilateral relations between the two nations and cooperation on global issues will continue to grow
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's re-election as the President of Turkey drew praise from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On Monday, PM Modi took to Twitter to congratulate Erdogan, expressing confidence in the continued growth of bilateral ties and cooperation on global issues between the two nations.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won Turkey's presidential election, defeating opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu in a runoff vote on Sunday, extending his rule to a third decade.
Erdogan secured 52.14 percent of the votes, totalling 27,513,587 votes, as reported by the country's Supreme Election Council. His opponent, opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu, received 25,260,109 votes, accounting for 47.86% of the total.
Following his victory, Erdogan addressed a large gathering of supporters at the Presidential Palace, where he celebrated his re-election to a third term and hailed Turkey as the ultimate winner.
“We are not the only winners, the winner is Turkey. The winner is our nation with all its segments, our democracy is the winner," he said.
"Now is the time to put aside all the debates and conflicts regarding the election period and unite around our national goals and dreams. We make this call with all our heart," he added.
Meanwhile, in Istanbul, hundreds of Erdogan's supporters gathered at various locations, including Taksim Square and the headquarters of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party. The atmosphere was filled with enthusiasm as chants of Erdogan's name resonated, accompanied by flag-waving, honking car horns, and colourful displays of flares and fireworks.
Opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu, speaking at his party headquarters in Ankara, acknowledged the challenging election period and stressed his commitment to fighting for "real democracy" in Turkey. He expressed his disappointment at the circumstances surrounding the election, describing it as 'the most unfair in the nation's history.' Kilicdaroglu remained determined to advocate for change despite the hurdles faced.
"This was the most unfair election period in our history... We did not bow down to the climate of fear. In this election, the will of the people to change an authoritarian government became clear despite all the pressures," Kilicdaroglu said.
"The hard days ahead for our country," he said makes him sad.
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