In election victory speech, Erdogan says Turkey will advance in Syria

28 June, 2018, 01:18 | Author: Martin Tyler
  • In the June 24 elections 56.39 million Turkish citizens are voting in total – 53.34 million in Turkey and 3.05 million abroad

In the parliamentary contest, the ruling AKP of Erdogan had 42.4 percent and its ally Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) won almost 11.2 percent, after 98 percent of votes were counted.

Speaking to supporters from the balcony of his ruling AK Party's headquarters in Ankara after Sunday's presidential and parliamentary elections, Erdogan said Turkey would also act more decisively against terrorist organizations. Under a new constitution agreed in an April 2017 referendum strongly backed by Erdogan the President can exclusively take a decision without even a prime minister's approval. Erdogan was elected president for the first time in 2014 with 51.8 percent of support.

People wave flags outside the Justice and Development Party (AKP) headquarters in Istanbul on June 24, 2018, during the Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections.

"Turkey has given a lesson in democracy to the entire world", he added, pointing to a turnout of 88 percent.

Electoral officials declared Erdogan the victor of the presidential election.

Ince, who complained that it was an unfair election, accepted Erdogan's victory during a news conference Monday.

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The president told crowds in Ankara in the early hours of Monday morning: "This election's victor is democracy, this election's victory is national will".

"The new regime that takes effect from today is a major danger for Turkey".

Turks will suffer. Since a 2016 coup attempt, Erdogan has operated under a state of emergency, jailing journalists, political foes and members of the military.

Conceding defeat, Ince warned that constitutional changes ushered in by Erdogan earlier in the year represented a threat to the country's democracy.

An unofficial tally released by the state news agency gave Erdogan 52.6 percent of the ballots, with Ince trailing at 30.6 percent. Russian President Vladimir Putin sent Erdogan a telegram on Monday, congratulating him on his victory, one of the first world leaders to do so. "So I think Turkish people should be respected for their determination to respect their democracy and their freedoms and their dignity in fact, because it is a political and social process that strips a nation of its dignity so I think people in Turkey, those who are not supporting Erdogan, need to be recognised for this awesome effort of theirs to protect the country and democracy".

After Kucukkaya's post, "AdamKazandi"("The man has won") became a trending hashtag among Erdogan supporters.

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In the capital Ankara , municipal trucks loaded with sand blocked a road outside Erdogan's presidential palace. Some of the presidency's new powers are similar to those enjoyed under the state of emergency.

In his victory speech, he said: "The victor of this election is each and every individual among my 81 million citizens".

During a phone call, Aliyev said he "appreciated Turkey's development, success in economy and stronger position in the global arena", Anadolu Agency said on June 24.

But any rally could quickly go into reverse if President Erdogan uses his strengthened position to pursue looser fiscal and monetary policy, as we fear is likely, they added. Reports suggest that Erdogan is also itching to take the battle against the Kurds to the PKK redoubt in the Qandil Mountains in Iraq.

There was good news for the HDP which easily broke through the 10% minimum vote threshold to pick up 67 seats, sparking wild celebrations in its Kurdish-majority stronghold of Diyarbakir.

In a tweet, Demirtas hailed a "great victory" despite suffering "the biggest injustice of the campaign".

The European Union and United States were keeping a close eye on the poll and trans-Atlantic security body the OSCE was due to deliver its verdict on the election later in the afternoon.

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Sunday's vote will pave the way for fully implementing new executive presidency long sought by Erdogan.

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