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Turkey's Erdogan wins second term in presidential poll

Turkey's Erdogan wins second term in presidential poll

The Kremlin press service said earlier that Putin had sent a telegram to Erdogan to congratulate him on his re-election as Turkey's president and the victory of the ruling Justice and Development Party.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed victory in the country's presidential election on Sunday, citing unofficial election results.

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.

The USD/TRY is on the rise for Monday, up over 1.4% from the day's early low after surprise results from the Turkish election put the incumbent Erdogan back in the seat of power.

He also declared victory for the People's Alliance, an electoral cooperation between his ruling Justice and Development Party and the small Nationalist Movement Party, saying they had a "parliamentary majority" in the 600-member assembly.

The HDP's presidential candidate, Selahattin Demirtas, campaigned from a prison cell, where he is detained on terrorism charges he denies.

But he reckoned without Mr Ince, a former physics teacher and veteran CHP lawmaker, whose feisty performance at campaign rallies has galvanised Turkey's long-demoralised and divided opposition.

Turnout in the presidential election was nearly 88 percent, according to the figures published by Anadolu. The report said they were not accredited to monitor the vote.

The "People's Alliance", formed by the AKP and MHP, secured 53.7 percent of the vote in the June 24 election, gaining more than 344 seats in parliament.

Ankara, however, says the moves are in line with the rule of law and aimed at removing the supporters of Fethullah Gulen - a US-based self-exiled religious leader blamed for the putsch - from state institutions and other parts of society.

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Although the head of Turkey's Supreme Election Council, Sadi Guven, confirmed Erdogan's victory he added that the official results will be announced on July 5.

Thousands of jubilant supporters of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party, or HDP, also spilled into the streets of the predominantly Kurdish southeastern city of Diyarbakir after unofficial results from Anadolu showed the party coming in third with 11.5 percent of the legislative vote - surpassing the 10 percent threshold needed to enter parliament.

Prominent leaders and personalities from around the world on Monday continued to praise President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following his historic election win on Sunday. "According to these. I have been entrusted by the nation with the task and duties of the presidency", Erdogan said at his Istanbul residence.

Erdogan has dominated Turkish politics for more than 15 years, first as prime minister and since 2014 as president.

The CHP said it had recorded violations in the southeastern province of Sanliurfa. Few newspapers or other media openly criticize the government, and he has received far more election coverage than other presidential candidates. If the HDP manages to get into parliament, it could threaten Erdogan's AKP majority, meaning it will need support from another party to approve legislation.

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 an address to thousands of supporters in Ankara, Erdogan said that democracy was the victor and that Turkey was "an example for the rest of the world", The Guardian reported.

"With the presidential system, Turkey is seriously raising the bar, rising above the level of contemporary civilizations", he said.

Turkey's Western allies and rights groups have repeatedly condemned the government's detentions and purges amid a state of emergency that has been in place since a failed deadly coup in 2016.


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