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US media widely covers Turkish President Erdogan's reelection

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won race with 52.14% of vote, challenger Kemal Kilicdaroglu got 47.86%: Unofficial results

Servet Günerigök, Tuğçenur Akgün  | 29.05.2023 - Update : 29.05.2023
US media widely covers Turkish President Erdogan's reelection Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine Erdogan greet the crowd at the Presidential Complex to celebrate reelection victory in presidential runoff in Ankara, Turkiye on May 29, 2023.


Türkiye's presidential runoff on Sunday and the reelection of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made major headlines in US media. 

American news outlets closely monitored the vote and prominently featured reports on the election.

CNN provided instant coverage throughout the election, highlighting vibrant celebrations that lasted until late at night in the country and drawing attention to the significant interest in Erdogan's victory speech in the capital Ankara.

The New York Times, one of the US' leading dailies, dedicated a separate page on its website to cover the elections, providing ongoing updates on developments.

Erdogan has been reelected Türkiye's president in runoff elections, the chairman of the country's Supreme Election Council (YSK) said Sunday.

Speaking to reporters in the capital Ankara, YSK head Ahmet Yener said Erdogan won Türkiye's presidency over opposition challenger Kemal Kilicdaroglu in the second-round runoff vote.

According to unofficial results, the Turkish president won the race with 52.14%, while Kilicdaroglu got 47.86% of the vote, he said, adding that 99.43% of the ballot boxes have been opened so far.

"President Erdogan Wins Re-Election After Biggest Challenge Yet," The Times wrote in its headline, describing Erdogan as Türkiye's "paramount politician for 20 years."

In an article discussing Türkiye's foreign policy, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported: "The country’s longest-serving leader beat his main challenger in a runoff vote."

It also carried quotes from the former US ambassador to Türkiye, James Jeffrey, who called Erdogan "calm when pressured," adding that "he knows what he's doing, and projects that he is in charge.

"That is appealing to most electorates, and it's particularly appealing to the Turkish electorate," Jeffrey added, according to the article.

The Washington Post also reported Erdogan's reelection Sunday, noting that the incumbent president survived "a challenge from a candidate backed by a united opposition movement."

Politico wrote, "Turkey’s Erdogan wins again," in its headline, saying the president "extends his 20 years in power, vowing to build 'Turkey's century'."

The newspaper said Erdogan was "in a powerful position to influence not only the future direction of democracy in the 85 million strong country but also to shape politics in the region and beyond".

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