The Turkish election result could send a message to the world

The Turkish election result could send a message to the world

The EU issued a notably chilly statement that did not congratulate Erdogan or mention him by name and asserted that campaign conditions were "not equal".

Several world leaders supportive of Erdogan, including Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, called to congratulate him on his "victory", the presidency said.

He also pledged a more "determined" fight against outlawed Kurdish rebels and alleged members of a movement led by USA -based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom he accuses of orchestrating a 2016 failed coup against his government.

After being declared the victor, Erdogan on June 25 said he would act more decisively against terrorist organizations and would liberate more territory in Syria to allow "our guests" to go home safely, referring to the thousands of Syrian refugees who have fled the bloody seven-year civil war in the Middle East country.

"The way the Turkish judiciary works will change after the state of emergency is lifted", he said.

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. But instead of voting for the opposition, Turkey's conservatives seem to have decided that Erdogan is their best bet to overcome an impending economic crisis.

Mr Erdogan, 64, returns to power after gaining a comfortable 52.6% of the vote - but his ruling Justice and Development Party suffered losses as it polled 42.5% in a parliamentary ballot.

Mr 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.

"If I were to speak to officials in Brussels, a few years back I would have said to them 'where were you, where were you?' referring to the early years, but now I think I would tell them that this is a global pattern, rising populism is a global pattern and people in Europe have just begun to experience how maddening it is, so imagine us, 16 years, trying to survive in these conditions".

"There are no significant differences between our records and the Supreme Election Council's records", Ince told reporters.

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It was unclear whether Erdogan was also referring to Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim country and thirdlargest democracy, which will hold its presidential election in April next year.

Muharrem Ince, Turkey's main opposition candidate, conceded defeat but described the election as "unjust" and warned that Turkey was entering a unsafe regime of one-man rule.

"Be the president of 81 million (Turks), embrace everyone", he said. "That's what I would have done if I had won".

Turkey's High Electoral Board declared Erdogan, 64, the victor of Sunday's polls, which usher in a new executive presidential system that was approved in a referendum past year.

"We're now in a one-man rule - there's no mechanism to prevent arbitrary rule".

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been elected as the first executive president of Turkey under the new presidential system. The TRT journalists left.

For one thing, the Turkish economy is doing well now, a boon to the Erdogan administration that might not last another year.

In addition to the country-wide celebrations, with young and old taking to the streets, Turks overseas also flocked to the streets to celebrate Erdoğan's victory, particularly in European countries. The pro-PKK Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) received 11.7 percent of the vote and secured 67 seats.

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

The outcome of the vote is the culmination of years of Erdoğan's pursuit of an executive presidency, a goal that has seen the Turkish leader ascend the highest echelons of power in the country while simultaneously crushing opponents, intimidating or co-opting dissident media outlets, and reprising a role as commander-in-chief protecting Turkey from external and internal enemies. It will be interesting to see if the new parliament might address these problems and take action to ensure that Turkey's next elections are, in fact, free and fair.

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