Recalling that July 22 was the anniversary of the 2007 general election in which the AK Party increased its popular support from 34 to 46.6 percent, Erdoğan said regardless of who they voted for, he respected every citizen's choice.
"Whatever their choices may be, all of our citizens are equal in our eyes. Everybody's choice is important, valuable and worthy of respect. Everybody's problem is our problem. This was the founding principle of our party, and we have been defending the same thing since the July 22 elections."
Erdoğan added that he and his party aim at a situation in which everybody wins. "We aim at unity and togetherness and having gains altogether. History shows that if nations cannot manage to win altogether, they are destined to lose altogether. We defend freedom, justice, democracy and welfare for everybody. Our democratic, secular and social republic where the rule of law prevails will attain higher achievements with this spirit of unity," he stated.
He said with their votes on July 22 of last year, people showed that they approved of the government's policies. "People said do not stop, continue," he said.
The party dominated the 550-seat Parliament with 340 deputies last year, receiving one vote out of every two on July 22, a figure not seen since the 1950s.
Right after the announcement of the results, Erdoğan made a public speech on the election night from the balcony of his party headquarters, where he displayed a conciliatory attitude, saying that the AK Party would embrace all regardless of political affiliation. He even thanked those who didn't vote for his party.
Yesterday, he reiterated his words, saying the powerful support from the public gave them a bigger responsibility.
"If you invest in democracy, economic stability and trust can take root. We have said if you have political stability internally, then you can have respect from the outside. Therefore, we said we should not sweep our problems under the carpet but produce solutions to all of our problems," Erdoğan said, adding that they did not ignore any problems of the country.
"Some problems have been shown as if there can't be solutions, so people have gotten used to living with such problems. This was a waste of time and energy for Turkey. There are no problems that Turkey cannot solve if there is unity," stated the prime minister.
When it comes to future policies, Erdoğan said the government will continue with its policies of change within the parameters of stability.
"The good thing is that our public has adapted to the change and does not want to take backward steps. There may not be a 100 percent agreement on all issues, but if there is majority then we can say there is compromise. The country needs this. We cannot reverse the course," he said.
Referring to the opposition, Erdoğan said nowhere else in the world are the government and the opposition constantly in conflict. "Nobody can claim that he or she is permanent in these offices. These positions come and go; we come and go."