Erdogan Re-Elected President of Turkey

Written by Sally Shakkour

Turkey's long-standing leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won a new five-year term after securing outright victory in the first round of a presidential poll.

Erdogan got nearly 53% with almost all votes counted. His closest rival Muharrem Ince was on 31%.

Presidents, leaders, and people worldwide have congratulated the controversial leader, who has led a purge inside Turkey targeted military leaders and academics. Despite this, it is clear that Erdogan's brand of Islamic nationalism remains fertile and powerful inside the country.
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Turkey's President and leader of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) Recep Tayyip Erdogan looks at his ballot before casting his vote at a polling station during snap twin Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections in Istanbul on June 24, 2018.(Bulent Kilic/ AFP)

Turkey's President and leader of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) Recep Tayyip Erdogan looks at his ballot before casting his vote at a polling station during snap twin Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections in Istanbul on June 24, 2018.(Bulent Kilic/ AFP)

An election committee member shows a ballot displaying a vote for Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish President and leader of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) at a polling station during the Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections in Istanbul on June 24, 2018. (Yasin AKGUL / AFP)

An election committee member shows a ballot displaying a vote for Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish President and leader of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) at a polling station during the Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections in Istanbul on June 24, 2018. (Yasin AKGUL / AFP)

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, leader of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), his wife Emine and their grandchildren are greeted by supporters as they leave the polling station after casting their votes during snap twin Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections in Istanbul on June 24, 2018. (Bulent Kilic / AFP)

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, leader of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), his wife Emine and their grandchildren are greeted by supporters as they leave the polling station after casting their votes during snap twin Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections in Istanbul on June 24, 2018. (Bulent Kilic / AFP)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) waves to suppporters in Istanbul on June 24, 2018, during Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections. Erdogan on June 24 declared victory in a tightly-contested presidential election. (AFP/ Bulent Kilic)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) waves to suppporters in Istanbul on June 24, 2018, during Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections. Erdogan on June 24 declared victory in a tightly-contested presidential election. (AFP/ Bulent Kilic)

People react outside the Justice and Development Party (AKP) headquarters in Istanbul, on June 24, 2018, during the Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections, as President Erdogan won a new era. (Yasin AKGUL/AFP)

People react outside the Justice and Development Party (AKP) headquarters in Istanbul, on June 24, 2018, during the Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections, as President Erdogan won a new era. (Yasin AKGUL/AFP)

Turkish nationals, supporters of president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, currently residing in Bosnia and Herzegovina, cheer in downtown Sarajevo, late on June 24, 2018. After 15 years in office that have already transformed his country, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to return to power. (STR / AFP)

Turkish nationals, supporters of president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, currently residing in Bosnia and Herzegovina, cheer in downtown Sarajevo, late on June 24, 2018. After 15 years in office that have already transformed his country, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to return to power. (STR / AFP)

This picture taken on June 25, 2018, in Doha, shows the Turkish flag displayed on the Sheraton Doha hotel to celebrate the victory of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the presidential elections in Turkey. (AFP/ File Photo)

This picture taken on June 25, 2018, in Doha, shows the Turkish flag displayed on the Sheraton Doha hotel to celebrate the victory of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the presidential elections in Turkey. (AFP/ File Photo)

Gazans celebrate Erdogan’s win in Turkish election. (AA/ FILE PHOTO)

Gazans celebrate Erdogan’s win in Turkish election. (AA/ FILE PHOTO)

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine Erdogan greet supporters at the AKP headquarters in Ankara, Turkey on June 25, 2018. (Keystone)

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine Erdogan greet supporters at the AKP headquarters in Ankara, Turkey on June 25, 2018. (Keystone)

Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan claimed victory in Sunday's (June 24) presidential election and said his ruling AK Party and its alliance partner had won a parliamentary majority. (Reuters)

Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan claimed victory in Sunday's (June 24) presidential election and said his ruling AK Party and its alliance partner had won a parliamentary majority. (Reuters)

Turkey's President and leader of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) Recep Tayyip Erdogan looks at his ballot before casting his vote at a polling station during snap twin Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections in Istanbul on June 24, 2018.(Bulent Kilic/ AFP)
An election committee member shows a ballot displaying a vote for Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish President and leader of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) at a polling station during the Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections in Istanbul on June 24, 2018. (Yasin AKGUL / AFP)
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, leader of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), his wife Emine and their grandchildren are greeted by supporters as they leave the polling station after casting their votes during snap twin Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections in Istanbul on June 24, 2018. (Bulent Kilic / AFP)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) waves to suppporters in Istanbul on June 24, 2018, during Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections. Erdogan on June 24 declared victory in a tightly-contested presidential election. (AFP/ Bulent Kilic)
People react outside the Justice and Development Party (AKP) headquarters in Istanbul, on June 24, 2018, during the Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections, as President Erdogan won a new era. (Yasin AKGUL/AFP)
Turkish nationals, supporters of president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, currently residing in Bosnia and Herzegovina, cheer in downtown Sarajevo, late on June 24, 2018. After 15 years in office that have already transformed his country, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to return to power. (STR / AFP)
This picture taken on June 25, 2018, in Doha, shows the Turkish flag displayed on the Sheraton Doha hotel to celebrate the victory of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the presidential elections in Turkey. (AFP/ File Photo)
Gazans celebrate Erdogan’s win in Turkish election. (AA/ FILE PHOTO)
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine Erdogan greet supporters at the AKP headquarters in Ankara, Turkey on June 25, 2018. (Keystone)
Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan claimed victory in Sunday's (June 24) presidential election and said his ruling AK Party and its alliance partner had won a parliamentary majority. (Reuters)
Turkey's President and leader of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) Recep Tayyip Erdogan looks at his ballot before casting his vote at a polling station during snap twin Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections in Istanbul on June 24, 2018.(Bulent Kilic/ AFP)
Turkey's President and leader of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) Recep Tayyip Erdogan looks at his ballot before casting his vote at a polling station during snap twin Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections in Istanbul on June 24, 2018.(Bulent Kilic/ AFP)
An election committee member shows a ballot displaying a vote for Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish President and leader of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) at a polling station during the Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections in Istanbul on June 24, 2018. (Yasin AKGUL / AFP)
An election committee member shows a ballot displaying a vote for Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish President and leader of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) at a polling station during the Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections in Istanbul on June 24, 2018. (Yasin AKGUL / AFP)
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, leader of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), his wife Emine and their grandchildren are greeted by supporters as they leave the polling station after casting their votes during snap twin Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections in Istanbul on June 24, 2018. (Bulent Kilic / AFP)
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, leader of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), his wife Emine and their grandchildren are greeted by supporters as they leave the polling station after casting their votes during snap twin Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections in Istanbul on June 24, 2018. (Bulent Kilic / AFP)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) waves to suppporters in Istanbul on June 24, 2018, during Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections. Erdogan on June 24 declared victory in a tightly-contested presidential election. (AFP/ Bulent Kilic)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) waves to suppporters in Istanbul on June 24, 2018, during Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections. Erdogan on June 24 declared victory in a tightly-contested presidential election. (AFP/ Bulent Kilic)
People react outside the Justice and Development Party (AKP) headquarters in Istanbul, on June 24, 2018, during the Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections, as President Erdogan won a new era. (Yasin AKGUL/AFP)
People react outside the Justice and Development Party (AKP) headquarters in Istanbul, on June 24, 2018, during the Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections, as President Erdogan won a new era. (Yasin AKGUL/AFP)
Turkish nationals, supporters of president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, currently residing in Bosnia and Herzegovina, cheer in downtown Sarajevo, late on June 24, 2018. After 15 years in office that have already transformed his country, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to return to power. (STR / AFP)
Turkish nationals, supporters of president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, currently residing in Bosnia and Herzegovina, cheer in downtown Sarajevo, late on June 24, 2018. After 15 years in office that have already transformed his country, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to return to power. (STR / AFP)
This picture taken on June 25, 2018, in Doha, shows the Turkish flag displayed on the Sheraton Doha hotel to celebrate the victory of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the presidential elections in Turkey. (AFP/ File Photo)
This picture taken on June 25, 2018, in Doha, shows the Turkish flag displayed on the Sheraton Doha hotel to celebrate the victory of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the presidential elections in Turkey. (AFP/ File Photo)
Gazans celebrate Erdogan’s win in Turkish election. (AA/ FILE PHOTO)
Gazans celebrate Erdogan’s win in Turkish election. (AA/ FILE PHOTO)
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine Erdogan greet supporters at the AKP headquarters in Ankara, Turkey on June 25, 2018. (Keystone)
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine Erdogan greet supporters at the AKP headquarters in Ankara, Turkey on June 25, 2018. (Keystone)
Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan claimed victory in Sunday's (June 24) presidential election and said his ruling AK Party and its alliance partner had won a parliamentary majority. (Reuters)
Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan claimed victory in Sunday's (June 24) presidential election and said his ruling AK Party and its alliance partner had won a parliamentary majority. (Reuters)