Muharrem İnce, the candidate from the Republican People’s Party (CHP), was addressing a news conference in Ankara a day after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan won 52.5 percent of the vote in the presidential race. İnce won 31 percent.
İnce said he accepted the election results, noting there was no significant difference between the official figures and those collated by his own party. The CHP and international rights groups have complained about what they see as unequal campaign conditions in Turkey.
Turkey’s Tayyip Erdoğan emerged victorious from his biggest electoral challenge in a decade and a half, giving him the sweeping, executive powers he has long sought and extending his grip on the nation of 81 million until at least 2023.
The most popular - yet divisive - leader in modern Turkish history, Erdoğan pledged there would be no retreat from his drive to transform Turkey, a deeply polarised nation that is both a NATO member and, at least nominally, a candidate to join the European Union.
Erdoğan, 64, is loved by millions of devoutly Muslim working class Turks for delivering years of stellar economic growth and overseeing the construction of roads, bridges, hospitals and schools.
The president and his ruling Islamist-rooted AK Party claimed victory in Sunday’s presidential and parliamentary polls after defeating a revitalised opposition that in recent weeks had gained considerable momentum and looked capable of staging an upset.
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