PHOTO+VIDEO | Celebrated in Istanbul: Bye, Bye Kemal, Ergodan addressed the defeated opponent

Istanbul celebrates Erdogan's victory/Photo: EPA-EFE/ERDEM SAHIN

Erdogan's supporters gathered outside his residence in Istanbul in anticipation of the victory, chanting Allahu Akbar, or God is the greatest. "I expect everything will be better," said Nisa, 28, a woman wearing a headscarf and a ribbon with Erdogan's name on it.

A victory would bolster Erdogan's image of invincibility as he already reshapes domestic economic, security and foreign policy in the NATO member nation of 85 million people. A success for Erdogan would show that he has overcome some of his toughest political obstacles to date, appealing to voters with nationalist and conservative rhetoric during a divisive campaign that has distracted from deeper economic problems.

Erdogan's supporters celebrate in Istanbul/Photo: EPA-EFE/ERDEM SAHIN

The defeat of Kilicdaroglu, who has vowed to lead the country on a more democratic path, is likely to be welcomed in Moscow, but was met with regret in Western capitals and much of the Middle East.

Erdogan addressed the gathered citizens

President Erdogan is now addressing his supporters for the first time, thanking the people for "giving him the responsibility to rule for the next five years". "God willing, I will be as worthy of your trust as I have been for the last 21 years," he says. We are together to the grave," Erdogan said. Erdogan even sang at one point.

Celebration in the streets of Istanbul/Photo: EPA-EFE/ERDEM SAHIN

"Before the elections, I said that this love does not stop there. Bye, bye, bye Kemal," Erdogan said. He says the victory "opened the door to a new Turkish century".

"The main opposition will hold my rival responsible for the bad result," Erdogan added. "I love you Istanbul!" We are in love with Istanbul, and we will continue with Istanbul. Istanbul is different today. Thank you to everyone, thank you to all the citizens who voted and spoke about the future of this country. he told the crowd as he stood on the bus surrounded by supporters.

The results according to the Election Commission of Turkey

Turkey's election commission announced that 75,42 percent of the votes had been counted, with President Erdogan receiving 53,41 percent of the vote and his opponent Kemal Kilicdaroglu 46,59 percent of the vote.

The pro-government Anadolu Agency gives Erdogan 52,2 percent and Kilicdaroglu 47,9 percent. The opposition ANKA gives Erdogan 51,9 percent and Kilicdaroglu 48,1 percent after opening 98 percent of the ballot boxes.

The first congratulations have also arrived

Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán congratulated Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"My dear brother Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, I congratulate you on your victory and wish you success in your new mandate and in it to achieve what the fraternal Turkish people strive for in terms of progress and prosperity and for solid relations between our two countries. , for further development and growth," Al Thani wrote on Twitter.

Orbán wrote: "Congratulations to President @RTERdogan on his undoubted election victory!" adding: "Tebrikler, Sayın Kurbuskansi!" or "Congratulations, Mr. President" in Turkish.

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