Erdogan wins Turkey presidential polls

Erdogan wins Turkey presidential polls

Erdogan wins Turkey presidential polls

According to preliminary results, Erdogan won Sunday's early presidential election in Turkey with 52.5% of the vote, and his closest rival Muharrem Ince who represents Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party secured 30.7% of the vote. It also said Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) enjoyed undue advantages, including in the state and private media.

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.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won five more years in office with sweeping new powers after a decisive election victory.

The election commission later confirmed Erdogan the victor, and also said Erdogan's Justice and development Party (AKP) and its allied Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) had retained their parliamentary majority.

Erdogan, whose victory was wider than predicted by many analysts, vowed to "rapidly" implement the new presidential system agreed in an April 2017 referendum that opponents fear will give him autocratic powers and could keep him in office for another decade. The newly empowered president has unnerved investors with his unorthodox calls for lower interest rates despite high inflation.

After the changes were approved past year, Erdogan returned to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) he co-founded in 2001 as chairman.

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

Though his main opponent-Muharrem Ince of the secularist Republican People's Party (CHP)-has yet to officially concede, it appears Erdogan will now assume the significantly expanded powers he narrowly secured in a referendum previous year.

Ince told reporters on Monday: "I accept the results of the election".

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What the elections have clearly demonstrated is the deep polarization within Turkey with nearly half the electorate opposed to Erdogan's dictatorial ways and his attempt to introduce "soft" Islam into the Turkish polity.

Unofficial results published by the state news agency showed the 64-year-old leader winning more than 50% of the vote - enough to avoid a runoff.

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Turkey's currency, the lira, rallied Monday over Erdogan's victory, which reduces instability in the short term.

It, however, said voters had a genuine choice during what was a "vibrant" campaign in "a highly polarized political environment".

"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 CHP had 22.7 percent and the HDP held 11.5 percent, exceeding the 10 percent threshold to enter parliament.

"The fact that I was forced to campaign in detention conditions was the greatest injustice". The lira has fallen more than 18% this year against the USA dollar as investors watched Erdogan attack the central bank's independence, suggesting that high interest rates stoke, rather than tame, inflation.

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