On a pivotal Sunday, May 28, 2023, Turkey witnessed another decisive moment in its political history. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, according to the unofficial results, emerged victorious in the second round of the presidential elections.
The atmosphere in Istanbul was notably vibrant as the unofficial results of the presidential elections started to unfold. Outside the residence of President Erdoğan, a considerable crowd had gathered to follow the election updates. The initial results indicated Erdoğan leading the race with about 52.09% of the votes, while his contender, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, had garnered 47.91% of the votes according to these early figures.
The Supreme Election Council (YSK) confirmed these preliminary indications later in the day, with its head Ahmet Yener affirming that Erdoğan had successfully retained his presidency. This conclusion was drawn from nearly 99.75% of the ballot boxes that had been accounted for, revealing an impressive turnout of over 84.4%.
Addressing his supporters from his Istanbul home, President Erdoğan expressed his gratitude to the voters for their unwavering support. The unofficial results, he stated, didn’t just indicate his victory, but the triumph of all 85 million Turkish citizens who participated in both the May 14 and May 28 elections.
Erdoğan emphasized, “We pledged to achieve a victory where no one would feel defeated. And hence, the real winner today is Turkey itself.”
He further stated, “We have successfully concluded the second-round presidential election with the blessings of our nation.” Erdoğan thanked every individual who entrusted him with the responsibility of governing the country for another term of five years.
This triumph follows his victory in the first round of elections where Erdoğan garnered 49.52% of the votes against Kılıçdaroğlu’s 44.88%. Today, the cheers of his supporters echo the sentiment of a nation ready for the next chapter under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.