(MENAFN- The Peninsula) QNA
Istanbul: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced his victory in the run-off for the Turkish presidential elections before a crowd of his supporters in Istanbul.
Addressing his supporters in Istanbul, Erdogan has thanked "each and every member of the nation who once again conveyed to us responsibility for governing Turkiye for the next five years."
"We have completed the second round of the presidential elections with the favor of our people," Erdogan said.
He stressed that his elections' victory consolidates democracy in Turkiye.
He thanked the Turkish public for the "democracy festival" the country experienced during the election.
"God willing, we will be worthy of your trust as we have been for the last 21 years," the president said.
Preliminary results showed that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won 52.11 percent of the vote, while opposition candidate Kemal Kilicdaroglu, head of the Republican People's Party, got 45.89 percent after counting 98.64 percent of the ballot boxes.
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