There will be many questions over Kemal Kilicdaroglu’s future, but the presidential candidate has said that he will continue what he termed his struggle for democracy and asked his supporters to continue as well.
Kilicdaroglu called Turkey’s recent election process the most unfair in years.
“All the means of the state were mobilised for one political party and laid at the feet of one man,” the Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader said.
He added: “I would like to thank the heads of the Nation Alliance, their organisations, our voters, and the citizens who protected the ballot boxes and fought against these immoral and unlawful pressures.”
“As a person of this land, I have always fought for your rights and justice, so that no one oppresses you, so that you can live in abundance, and I will continue to do so,” Kilicdaroglu also said.
The CHP leader said “the will of the people to change the authoritarian regime has emerged despite all pressures”.
“We will continue to be at the forefront of this struggle until true democracy comes to our country,” he pledged.