Nation chose us for 15 consecutive elections: Erdoğan
ANKARA- Anadolu Agency
"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.
Erdoğan 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.
"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 the economy, maintain development and raise employment, he said.