By Diyar Guldogan
ANKARA (AA) - The Turkish nation has made the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party winner of 15 consecutive elections, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said early Monday.
Erdogan said 56 percent of municipalities in Turkey will be run by AK Party, in an address to the nation from the balcony of his party headquarters in capital Ankara after Sunday's local election victory.
"I would like to thank all my citizens, especially our Kurdish brothers, for showing sensitivity toward the issue of survival," he said.
Turkey's ruling party is leading the race with 16 metropolitan municipalities and 24 cities claimed by AK Party candidates, according to unofficial results.
Millions of Turkish voters cast their votes in local elections to choose mayors, city council members, mukhtars (neighborhood officials), and members of elder councils for the next five years.
Erdogan described the reason for not being able to achieve desired results in some cities as an inadequacy to explain themselves to the nation.
"As of tomorrow morning, we will start finding and making up for our shortcomings," he added.
Erdogan said the party and Turkey will experience change in the coming days.
"There will be no elections for four and a half years. What will we do? We will focus on national and international issues, and hopefully raise our country above the level of our contemporaries," he added.
Turkey's priority is to strengthen economy, maintain development and raise employment, he said.
Erdogan went on to say that Turkey's aim is to help Syrian refugees return to their country while making Manbij and East of Euphrates a safe place.