Erdogan claims victory in Turkey's presidential election

Erdogan claims victory in Turkey's presidential election

Erdogan claims victory in Turkey's presidential election

The White House said Monday that it is working to set up a phone call between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his US counterpart Donald Trump to "reaffirm the strong bond" between the two countries following the Turkish president's election victory.

Global observers of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, (OSCE) said voters in Turkey enjoyed a genuine choice in the country's twin presidential and parliamentary elections, but criticized the "lack of equal conditions" during campaigning.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday celebrated winning five more years in office with sweeping new powers after a decisive election victory, as Turkey's opposition raised bitter questions over the conduct of the polls.

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. Final results are due to be published by the Supreme Election Board (YSK) later this week but its chairman Sadi Guven declared Erdogan the victor. I call onto all polling clerks not to get frustrated and not to leave the ballot boxes.

"According to unofficial results, the outcome of the elections is clear".

Erdogan has overseen historic change in Turkey since his Islamic-rooted ruling party first came to power in 2002 after years of secular domination.

"This is certainly in the interests of the peoples of Russian Federation and Turkey", the Kremlin said in a statement, praising the "partner-like ties" between the two nations.

In the opposition camp, the CHP had 23% and the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) 11% - above the threshold it needs to reach to enter parliament.

There were another four candidates on the presidential ballot, all of whom fell below 10% of the vote.

Turkey's presidential and parliamentary election yesterday was probably the most unfair and unfree election in living Turkish memory.

Nor is Erdoğan's continued rule as president secure, as the opposition may succeed in forcing him into a run-off against their front-runner candidate Muharrem Ince on July 8.

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His main rival said Monday he accepted results handing victory to the Turkish strongman in the first round, urging him to be a leader of all Turks.

Addressing thousands of supporters in Ankara, he said: "We will fight even more with the strength you provided us with this election".

The pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party, whose presidential candidate Selahattin Demirtas was forced to campaign from jail, received the more than 10 per cent of the vote Sunday, enough to win seats in parliament.

Last year, Erdogan narrowly won a referendum to convert the country's parliamentary system to a powerful executive presidency.

The victory allows Erdogan to further consolidate political power and implement the constitutional reforms. The United States, France and Germany don't want us to be stable.

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

Erdogan has declared himself an "enemy of interest rates", raising fears he will pressure the central bank to cut borrowing costs after the election despite double-digit inflation. The president has vowed to become more involved in monetary policy to ease the problems, but more trouble nearly certainly lies ahead.

He brought forward the elections from November 2019, but he reckoned without Ince, a former physics teacher and veteran CHP lawmaker, whose feisty performance at campaign rallies has galvanized Turkey's long-demoralised and divided opposition.

Following the failed coup, Turkey has been under a state of emergency for almost two years and has seen a widespread crackdown on alleged supporters of Gulen.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders also told reporters that the USA urges Turkey to "take steps to strengthen democracy and continue progress toward resolving issues in the bilateral relationship".

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