King greets Erdogan

Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) and King Abdullah

Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) and King Abdullah

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has congratulated Turkey’s newly-elected President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his victory in the recent elections.

In a cable to Erdogan on Friday, the king wished the Turkish president good health and happiness and prayed for the Turkish people’s steady progress and prosperity.

Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, also congratulated Erdogan.

Turkey’s High Electoral Board on Friday confirmed Erdogan as the country’s first popularly elected president. Board Chairman Sadi Guven declared that Erdogan has been elected as the 12th president of the Turkish Republic.

The board confirmed that Erdogan received 51.79 percent of the vote in the elections held on Aug. 10.

Erdogan is to be sworn in on Aug. 28.

Erdogan said earlier that Turkey’s ruling party is likely to pick a prime minister to replace him during a meeting of senior party leaders next week.

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is the strongest contender to succeed Erdogan, Turkish media reports say.

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc and Binali Yildirim, a former transport minister, have also been named as possible replacements.

 
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