Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been serving as the president of Turkey since 2014, with previous posts such as the Prime Minister of Turkey and even the Mayor of Istanbul. He found the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in 2001, which became a political organization of monumental importance since then.
Known for being pro- Islamic idea, Erdoğan will swear in on the 9th of July for the second time, after winning 52.3 per cent of the votes which totals 26.3 million votes, far better performance than the presidential polls of 2014 where he got 51.79% of the total votes polled.
His arch-rival, Muharrem Ince, representing the Republican People’s Party (CHP), won 30.64% of the vote.
The remaining candidates were far behind. This included People’s Democratic Party’s Selahattin Demirtaş who won only 8.40% while the ex-interior minister who stood for elections too, Meral Akşener won only 7.29%.
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The polls grabbed eyeballs globally as it was meant to give more executive power to the president so much so that the election and appointment of officials will give more power to the president which drew flak from critics who said that this would curb democracy and help dictatorial set up grow.
However, the president has applauded the power given as it helps in decision making and avoid unnecessary bottlenecks in the course of smooth functioning of the state machinery.
The new polls also witnessed a rise in the number of parliamentary seats from 500 to 600. The recent poll results have made things a bit exciting for the global political analysts as they are keen to see the national and international policies undertaken by the same president but with more power.