Turkish President Erdogan Extends Rule With Runoff Vote Win

ISTANBUL — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has a new five-year term in hand after prevailing in a runoff election that opposition members hoped would unseat him amid a cost-of-living crisis.

Erdogan won Sunday’s second round with 52.2% of the vote, besting opponent Kemal Kilicdaroglu’s 47.8%.

“I thank each member of our nation for entrusting me with the responsibility to govern this country once again for the upcoming five years,” Erdogan told his supporters. “I would like to thank all our citizens who showed their will for the future, both for themselves and their children, by casting their votes in the elections.”

Kilicdaroglu did not dispute the outcome but called the election the “most unfair” in recent years.

“All the means of the state were mobilized for a political party,” Kilicdaroglu said. “All possibilities were laid under one man’s feet.”


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