Published: Tue, June 26, 2018
Markets | By Terence Owen

Turkey's Erdogan Takes on New Powers

Turkey's Erdogan Takes on New Powers

Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed his supporters after claiming victory in critical elections.

According to unofficial results as of writing, Erdoğan received 52.5 percent of the vote-an outright victory, bucking opinion polls that predicted a run-off-with opposition candidate Muharrem İnce receiving 30.6 percent.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won a new mandate in presidential elections in the first round of voting by winning more than half of the votes, the chief of Turkey's election authority said on Monday.

Speaking early Monday, Supreme Election Council head Sadi Guven said 97.7 percent of votes had been counted and declared Erdogan the victor, according to the Associated Press.

Turkey's main opposition candidate Muharrem Ince has conceded defeat in Sunday's presidential and parliamentary elections, calling on the victor, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who returns as president, to end his divisive policies. He also urged YSK members to "do your job the right way", adding he believed the results would be "very good".

After casting his ballot in his jail in the northwestern region of Edirne, Demirtas wrote on Twitter: "I wish that everyone uses their vote for the sake of the future and democracy of the country".

The outcome of this election once again demonstrates that Erdogan's strategy of polarizing the electorate works.

According to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Erdogan and his AKP party "used state resources to ensure victory" adding that "the media is nearly totally pro-Erdogan after years of co-option and censorship".

As he cast his vote, Erdogan said the changes marked a "democratic revolution", although his opponents regard the most recent phase of his rule differently. In a milestone, a pro-Kurdish group, HDP, gained the 10 percent of the vote needed for representation in Parliament. On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin was one of the first world leaders to congratulate Erdogan on his victory.

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Erdoğan struck a defiant tone in his victory speech early on Monday in Ankara, saying Turkey had set "an example" for the rest of the world, vowing to carry on military campaigns in Syria, fight terror groups and raise Turkey's global prestige.

Erdogan's victory ensures he'll stay in office for 20 years - until 2023 - and ushers in a powerful new executive presidency that eliminates the prime minister's role. An unexpectedly strong showing by the AK Party's alliance partner, the nationalist MHP, could also mean Erdogan securing the parliamentary majority he seeks to govern freely. These elections, which implemented constitutional changes approved in an April 2017 referendum, marked the country's shift from a parliamentary to a presidential system.

The CHP said it had recorded violations in particular in the southeastern province of Sanliurfa.

But critics accuse him of ruling with an iron grip, especially after the July 2016 failed coup which was followed by a state of emergency that has seen tens of thousands arrested.

Merkel underlined the traditionally friendly relations between Berlin and Ankara and also expressed support for stability and democracy in Turkey.

He is loved by millions of devoutly Muslim working class Turks for delivering years of stellar economic growth and overseeing the construction of roads, bridges, airports, hospitals and schools. That, coupled with high inflation rates and fears that the central bank's independence will be further reduced, has left worldwide investors uneasy after Erdogan's victory.

The restrictive legal framework and powers granted under the ongoing state of emergency restricted the freedoms of assembly and expression, including in the media, said the observers.

A supporter of Turkey's President and ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, chants slogans during celebrations outside the party headquarters in Istanbul, June 24, 2018.

Separately, Luxembourg's foreign minister, Jean Asselborn, said Erdogan was now "all-powerful" and that he "has everything in his hands".

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