Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wins second term in a landslide victory
- Author: Darren Santiago Jun 26, 2018,
Jun 26, 2018, 3:04
Early Monday morning the Supreme Election Council announced Erdogan received the absolute majority in the presidential election with 53 percent of votes after 97.7 percent of ballots had been counted.
Erdogan's main rival, Muharrem Ince of the Republican People's Party (CHP), conceded defeat but branded the elections unjust and said the presidential system that now takes effect was "very dangerous" because it would lead to one-man rule.
Erdogan won 52.7 percent in Turkish presidential election after 96 percent of votes were counted in Turkey on June 24. He'll also have the ability to rule by decree, intervene in the country's legal system and dissolve parliament.
Videos allegedly showing voting irregularities and uncounted ballots circulated on social media Sunday, but the images could not be verified.
The elections will also usher in a powerful new executive presidency long sought by Erdogan and backed by a small majority of Turks in a 2017 referendum.
He called the move an "utterly unacceptable attempt to influence" the process.
The paper also alleges that on election day, "there were reported cases of fraud, including ballot stuffing, [such as] an incident where a auto filled with ballots was pulled over heading to a polling station near the southern city of Urfa".
But he said that there was no significant difference between official results and his party's figures, and therefore he would accept the outcome.
Erdogan declared his victory with a tweet saying "Devam" ("continue"), a reference to the election campaign during which the word "enough" ("tamam") became a trending topic on Twitter after he promised to step down if the people wanted.
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İnce, a former physics teacher, ran a dynamic campaign that energised an opposition movement that had struggled to find charismatic leaders to represent them.
In August 2016, Turkey conducted a military operation, Operation Euphrates Shield, in northern Syria to clear out Daesh and PKK terrorists from its borders. Other members of his party, HDP, also have been arrested or removed from government positions.
"This is no longer a Turkey we want". "How can I vote for Erdogan?" He promised to lift the state of emergency shortly after the elections, to build his controversial Istanbul Canal, to open public parks throughout the country, and give every neighbourhood its own state-run cafe where tea and cake would be free. His CHP party led the coalition to challenge Erdogan.
Putin stressed his readiness to continue "close joint work" and dialogue with Erdogan.
"If Ince wins", he continued, "the courts will be independent".
Addressing the nation in his balcony speech on Sunday, Erdogan promised to improve the state of personal rights and freedoms in Turkey.
The votes of Turkey s Kurdish minority will be especially crucial in the parliamentary poll. Now, the country has roads, bridges, airports and hospitals.
The president said he needed a stronger mandate to deal with Turkey's economy and security issues in the region, including the fight against terror. "I remember when we had to wait five days to get bread", said 56-year-old Tuncay Tek, who said he voted for Erdogan and the AKP on Sunday.
"Erdogan's emotional bond with his voters proved intact", said Ozgur Unluhisarcikli, the Ankara office director of the German Marshall Fund of the US. Inflation and unemployment are on the rise, and the Turkish lira lost more than 20 percent in the last six months. Foreign-exchange reserves are dwindling, and investors worry that the president wields outsize influence over the Central Bank.