Recep Tayyip Erdogan elected as Turkey’s President
Turkey’s prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan becomes the nation's first directly elected President.
- He captured about 52% votes - a clear majority - putting a clear end to the chances of any run-off election.
- His main rival Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu bagged 38% while the Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas had to be content with 9% of the vote.
The Man himself
- The popular politician has won three back-to-back 4-year terms as nation's Prime Minister since 2003.
- His party's rulebook prohibited him from getting a fourth term as prime minister - a very likely scenario - triggering his presidential ambition.
- The president-elect, popular among conservatist due to his islamic leaning, is credited with boosting the economy and bringing in jobs to the poor.
- Like India, the role of President (so far), is largely ceremonial here and last for a five-year term.
- Earlier, president was chosen indirectly by the parliament.
- His party Justice and Development Party (AKP) seeks to add some teeth to this high office by amending the constitution to allot more powers to the President.
- The opposition deems this move as an attempt to change the current parliamentary democracy into a presidential system.