President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won the majority of votes in Sunday’s
high-stakes election, according to election officials -- surviving the
most serious challenge yet to his political dominance and tightening his
grip on the nation he has ruled for 15 years.
Erdogan had declared himself the winner before the official results were
announced. But the opposition cried foul, claiming that state media and
the election commission had manipulated the results and saying it was
too early to be sure of the outcome.
Erdogan has dominated Turkish politics since his rise as prime minister
in 2003 and has transformed the nation. He implemented policies that
encouraged sustained economic growth and development, he challenged
Turkey’s secular foundations by bringing Islamic conservatism to public
life and he gutted public institutions by having tens of thousands of
people -- many of them his critics -- arrested after a failed military
coup in 2016.