Ethiopia congratulates Turkey's Erdogan on poll win

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has congratulated Turkish President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his victory in Sunday's presidential election.

"During his [Erdogan's] term as prime minister, relations between Ethiopia and Turkey were nothing short of excellent," Getachew Reda, a special adviser to the Ethiopian prime minister, told Anadolu Agency on Monday.

He described Erdogan's electoral victory as a "mandate" given to him by the Turkish people.

Reda added that, under Erdogan, relations between Ethiopia and Turkey had been stepped up from mere cooperation to a genuine partnership.

The two countries currently cooperate in several fields, including business and investment, he said, going on to describe Turkish investment in Ethiopia as "exemplary."

An outgoing prime minister, Erdogan was elected president on Sunday by an outright majority, securing 51.96 percent of the vote, according to unofficial tallies.

Without providing exact numbers, Turkey's Supreme Election Board confirmed late Sunday that Erdogan had won the poll outright, eliminating the need for a run-off vote that had been scheduled for August 24.

Erdogan, who was elected to a five-year presidential term, will take over the post from outgoing president Abdullah Gul.

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