Turkey on Twitter: Social media reacts to the elections

Turkey on Twitter: Social media reacts to the elections

Turkey on Twitter: Social media reacts to the elections

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

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won a second five-year term on Sunday in an election granting the Turkish leader unprecedented executive powers.

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.

The opposition raised doubts about the accuracy and reliability of the figures released by state-run Anadolu news agency, the sole distributor of the official vote tally.

But what do the election results mean for Turkey and the rest of the world?

Erdogan continues to receive congratulatory messages, which began even before the completion of the vote count on Sunday.

The head of Turkey's electoral board, Sadi Guven, said the election had been "healthy" and results would be opened for public scrutiny in 10 days.

The country has been ruled under emergency powers since a coup attempt in 2016 in which around 160,000 people were detained, according to the United 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. Opposition parties, who were long accused of being weak and unorganized, ran credible and competitive campaigns that energized millions of voters.

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

Erdoogan had faced an energetic campaign by Ince, who has rivalled the incumbent's charisma and crowd-pulling on the campaign trail, as well as a strong opposition alliance in the legislative poll.

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"Starting from tomorrow, we will be in a rush trying to deliver on promises that we have made to our nation", he said Monday during the early morning victory speech.

At another polling station in Istanbul, Erdogan told journalists that Turkey was "staging a democratic revolution", Reuters reported.

Erdogan's supporters took to the streets in Istanbul and other cities in celebration Sunday night.

The shift will give Erdogan more power in his next term, abolishing the prime minister's post, and eliminating numerous checks and balances created to help parliament protect against the misuse of presidential powers.

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.

The president had 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. They will continue to "liberate Syrian lands", he said, so that the 3.5 million refugees now living in the country can one day go home.

Under constitutional amendments approved after a controversial 2017 referendum, Turkey is making a transition from a parliamentary system to a presidential one.

Mr Erdogan said there had been no serious voting violations. There are several problems to face: the decline of the Turkish lira, a massive 12 per cent rate of inflation and the perception that Erdogan is curtailing the central bank's independence.

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-demoralized and divided opposition.

Ince called on Erdogan to "be everyone's president, embrace everyone".

Luxembourg's foreign minister said Mr Erdogan is now "all-powerful" and it will be up to him whether Turkey's relations with the European Union improve.

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