Abdullah Gül, who had founded the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and had served in the Cabinet as foreign minister for four-and-a-half years, got 339 votes from the 550-member Parliament and started his seven-year term after taking the oath of office yesterday evening.
The chairman of the Kayseri Chamber of Industry (KSO), Mustafa Boydak, expressed his joy at seeing Gül, his fellow countryman, as the number-one of the country.
"Let the new president be favorable for the country. We are proud of having a president who will rightfully fill his post. We are also happy as businessmen, since Gül has always gotten along with businessmen and industrialists and has done everything he can to solve our problems."
Independent Industrialists and Businessmen's Association (MÜSİAD) Chairman Ömer Bolat also expressed satisfaction at the result.
He evaluated Gül's victory as a clear victory of democracy. "The national will and the Parliament are the architects of this election," he said.
The failure of the presidential elections in April and May caused the country to lose five very valuable months, Bolat claimed, and went on to say: "It is very clear that this has given way to serious financial consequences. Turkey has almost shut down during these five months and has become completely paralyzed. But the July 22 elections unlocked the lock."
Workers' union Hak-İş President Salim Uslu lauded Gül's presidency and said he was pleased at the election of an impartial, responsible and embracing president who is able to compromise and who takes his references from the Constitution and the law and is also respectful of civil society.
İstanbul Chamber of Industry (İSO) Chairman Tanıl Küçük said they were expecting Gül to make his term one of compromise and progress.
Turkish Construction Industry Employers Union (İNTES) President Şükrü Koçoğlu said Turkey will come through the sensitive period it is currently experiencing through Gül's determined stance. He said he was pleased with Gül's election and sure that Gül would fulfill his duties perfectly.
Ankara Chamber of Commerce (ATO) President Sinan Aygün said the results were the result of a functioning democracy. He said Gül had become the president of everyone living in Turkey.
İstanbul Chamber of Commerce (İTO) Chairman Murat Yalçıntaş underlined that Gül's presidency means "great fortune" for the business world. "Gül has always been very close to businessmen, and he will remain so during his presidency as well."
He also defended Gül's presidency as being a crucial turning point for Turkish democracy. "Mr. Gül will definitely contribute a lot to the development of the country with his vision, reliable and up-front personality and his conciliatory and conformist traits."
Yalçıntaş also praised the constructive attitude opposition parties took during the election process. Young Businessmen's Confederation of Turkey (TÜGİK) Chairman Hazim Sesli asserted that Turkey aspires to the protection of the modern state, which abides by the Constitution and secular premises.
"Parallel to this target, we believe Gül will represent our country at the highest level and in the best possible way," he said.
Sesli also expressed his wishes for a president whose doors are open to the business world and who understands the needs and priorities of industrialists.
The Young Businessmen's Association of Turkey (TÜGİAD) also joined the mass of well-wishers congratulating Gül on his presidency.
On the eve of a leap forward to become one of the strongest emerging economies of the world, Turkey will now continue on the path hand-in-hand with its strong democracy, leaving all the crises behind, he said.
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