Erdoğan wins, acquires new powers

Erdoğan wins, acquires new powers

İnce's concession speech in Ankara came after Turkey's supreme election board confirmed the election results, with Erdoğan winning re-election with an outright majority in the first round, on 52.6% of the vote with 99% of ballots counted. And though in theory there are still some internal checks on his power, in practice little can be done to block his agenda and that of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

The Turkish president's abhorrence of high-interest rates and efforts to apply pressure to the central bank to keep the interest rates low has at times led to market trepidations and currency decline.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, modern Turkey's longest-serving ruler, won a mandate to govern with sweeping new powers after a double victory in presidential and parliamentary elections.

Despite Erdogan's win, his ruling party, Justice and Development (AKP), has seen a decline in votes since the November 2015 elections ending at 42.5 percent, thereby making the Turkish president dependent on his ultra-nationalist ally, the Nationalist Action Party (MHP) in the parliament and in governance.

Under the new system, the office of prime minister is abolished, parliament's powers curtailed and the president is accorded wide-ranging executive authority. Erdogan was elected president for the first time in 2014 with 51.8 percent of support.

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

Ince of the Republican People's Party (CHP), who had challenged Erdogan with an energetic campaign and earlier accused the authorities of "manipulation", maintained an unusual silence after the results were announced before conceding defeat later Monday.

"The winners of the June 24 elections are Turkey, the Turkish nation, sufferers of our region and all oppressed (people) of the world", Erdogan said.

But Ince, who had faced limited airtime on television in the campaign, said the run-up to the election had been unfair.

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Ince told reporters on Monday: "I accept the results of the election". "(Turkey) has transitioned to a one-man regime in the fullest sense".

The president has for the last two years ruled under a state of emergency imposed in the wake of the 2016 failed coup, with tens of thousands arrested in an unprecedented crackdown which cranked up tensions with the West. As Turkey's democracy backslides, its European Union accession seems ever further away; however, Turkey will not want to lose European Union investment and trade and the West will not sacrifice the geostrategic importance of the country so relations, although perhaps strained, seem set to continue.

Supporters of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) celebrate the results of the Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections, on June 24, 2018 in the mainly-Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey.

Erdogan will form the government by appointing ministers from inside or outside the parliament.

Ince's silence in the aftermath of the vote brought him widespread criticism from supporters on social media.

"Looking further ahead, Turkey requires structural reforms to reduce its chronic reliance on speculative capital inflows to finance the current account deficit", they added.

The HDP was polling 11.5 percent, well over the 10 percent minimum threshold needed, to win 67 seats which would make the party the second largest opposition faction in the new chamber.

"The fact that I was forced to campaign in detention conditions was the greatest injustice".

Wess Mitchell, US assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs, warned Turkey on Tuesday that its purchase of Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets would be jeopardised if it does not drop a plan to buy S-400 missile defence systems from Russian Federation.

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