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World News | PM Modi congratulates Turkish President Erdogan on election win

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New Delhi [India]May 29 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his re-election as Turkish president. Prime Minister Modi said he was confident that bilateral relations between the two countries, as well as cooperation on global issues, will continue to grow.

Prime Minister Modi tweeted: “Congratulations to @RTErdogan on being re-elected as President of Turkey! I am confident that our bilateral relations and cooperation on global issues will continue to grow in the future.”

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Prime Minister Modi tweeted his congratulations after Erdogan was declared the winner of Turkey’s presidential runoff on Sunday.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won Turkey’s presidential election, extending his rule to a third decade, CNN reported. He defeated opposition leader Kemal Kilidaroglu in Sunday’s runoff vote.

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CNN reported, citing data released by the country’s Supreme Election Commission, that Erdogan received 27,513,587 votes, accounting for 52.14 percent of the votes cast. Meanwhile, opposition leader Kemal Kilidaroglu received 25,260,109 votes or 47.86%.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed a crowd of supporters at the presidential palace after being re-elected as Turkey’s president, CNN reported. Addressing thousands of supporters outside the presidential palace, Erdogan celebrated his third term in office and called the country a “winner”. “We are not the only winners, the winner is Turkey. The winner is our country and all its parts, our democracy is the winner,” CNN reported.

“Now is the time to put aside all debate and conflict about the election season and come together around our national goals and dreams. We issue this call with all our hearts,” he added.

Supporters of Erdogan gathered in Taksim Square in Istanbul, chanting his name. Hundreds of Erdogan supporters stood outside the Istanbul headquarters of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) party after preliminary results showed Erdogan in the lead. Some supporters came with children, while others waved flags, honked cars and set off flares and fireworks.

Hundreds of people gathered outside the Istanbul headquarters of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) party after preliminary results showed Erdogan in the lead, CNN reported. Some supporters came with children, while others waved flags, honked cars and set off flares and fireworks.

Speaking at his party headquarters in Ankara, opposition leader Kemal Kildaroglu said he would keep fighting until Turkey achieved “real democracy”. He called it the “most unfair electoral period” in Turkey’s history.

“This is the most unfair election period in our history … we have not bowed to the climate of fear. In this election, despite all the pressures, the will to change the authoritarian government has become clear,” Kilicdaroglu said. He stressed that what saddens him are “difficult days ahead for our country”. (Arnie)

(This is an unedited and auto-generated story from a Syndicated News feed, the content body may not have been modified or edited by LatestLY staff)


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