Erdogan declares victory in elections, says no walking back on Turkey's progress

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine Erdogan, leave their residence in Istanbul, Turkey June 24, 2018. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan declared victory in elections on Sunday, citing what he said was a public mandate for him and the alliance led by his ruling AK Party.

Erdogan the most popular, and divisive, leader in recent Turkish history, said there would be no turning back from where he and the Islamist-rooted AK Party had brought the economy.

“Our people have given us the job of carrying out the presidential and executive posts,” he said in a short speech from Istanbul.

“I hope nobody will try to cast a shadow on the results and harm democracy in order to hide their own failure.”

Broadcasters had earlier reported that Erdogan had 52.8 percent of the vote, with 95.1 percent of the votes counted in the presidential election.

Reporting by Ezgi Erkoyun and Tuvan Gumrukcu; Writing by David Dolan Editing by Humeyra Pamuk