Turkey’s ruling party has begun planning the next government after Recep Tayyip Erdogan secured his position as Turkey’s first directly elected head of state.
“Today national will won once again, today democracy won once again,” said Erdogan in a victory speech to supporters. “Those who didn’t vote for me won as much as those who did, those who don’t like me won as much as those who do.”
The win moves Turkey closer to the presidential system Erdogan would like. That is something many of his opponents fear will lead to more authoritarian rule.
After his victory is officially confirmed, Erdogan will be sworn in as president for a five-year term on August 28.
By getting more than 50 percent of the vote, he avoided the need for a second round runoff against his main challenger Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu.
Third place went to ethnic Kurd Selahattin Demirtas.