There were no surprises in Turkey’s presidential election, which has been won by the hot favourite, the 60-year-old Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The win allows him to spend the next five years shaping the country in the way he promised during a campaign speech.
“I am determined to continue to construct the new Turkey as president,” he promised.
Since 2002 Erdogan’s AK party has won every election in which it has stood.
Despite those 12 unbroken years in power, scandals, and his increasingly overt Islamism and authoritarianism, Erdogan remains the most popular political figure in the country.
With him running the government Turkey has forged ahead in the last decade with economic growth which has dug the country out of debt, restored growth, and seen the currency rise in value.
His time in power also saw Turkey open negotiations with the EU towards membership.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan has managed to put his stamp on party and country, and internationally he is now seen as a figure to be reckoned with, especially in the Muslim world, despite false steps in Syria or in Egypt.
This presidential victory hands this ex-amateur footballer an enviable record, his political longevity in Ankara is now only surpassed by the founder of modern Turkey himself, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
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