Turkey's Elections Give Erdogan Even More Control

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The U.S. said Monday it is working to set up a telephone call between President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after Erdogan's electoral victories.

Russian President Vladimir Putin "stressed that the results of the vote fully speak of Recep Tayyip Erdogan's great political authority (and) mass support of the course conducted under his leadership to solve Turkey's pressing social and economic tasks (and) strengthen the country's position on the global arena", the Kremlin said.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan won sweeping new executive powers on Monday after his victory in elections that also saw his Islamist-rooted AK Party and its nationalist allies secure a majority in parliament.

"I accept these election results", Ince said, adding Erdogan should "represent 80 million" and be "president for us all".

Turkey's long-standing leader is standing over a long decline of the nation's currency. The office of prime minister will be eliminated, and many of parliament's powers are transferred to Erdogan.

The most popular - yet divisive - leader in modern Turkish history, Erdogan pledged there would be no retreat from his drive to transform Turkey, a deeply polarized nation that is both a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member and, at least nominally, a candidate to join the European Union.

During a phone call, Aliyev said he "appreciated Turkey's development, success in economy and stronger position in the global arena", Anadolu Agency said on June 24.

According to Anadolu's results, Erdogan won 52.5% of the vote in the presidential polls, with Ince trailing with 30.7%. Erdogan accused his late ally and now nemesis, US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, of masterminding the coup.

The AKP won 293 seats in the 600 MP chamber but the MHP did far better than expected, winning 50 seats and giving their alliance a clear majority, according to the results published by Anadolu.

One voter took time out of her wedding day to cast her ballot.

"If I were to speak to officials in Brussels, a few years back I would have said to them 'where were you, where were you?' referring to the early years, but now I think I would tell them that this is a global pattern, rising populism is a global pattern and people in Europe have just begun to experience how maddening it is, so imagine us, 16 years, trying to survive in these conditions".

A woman passes by an election poster of Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul, Turkey, on June 23.

Putin sent Erdogan a telegram to congratulate him on the victory, the Kremlin said in a statement Monday. Meanwhile, CHP's Ince, Erdogan's main rival in the presidential race has conceded defeat.

The global community will be also watching Erdogan closely to see if the electoral promise of lifting the state of emergency will be kept.

"We hope that under President Erdogan´s leadership Turkey will remain a committed partner for the European Union on major issues of common interest such as migration, security, regional stability and the fight against terrorism", a spokesman for the European Commission told a regular briefing. Other members of his party, HDP, also have been arrested or removed from government positions.

The new period after the election results is therefore expected to be more Turkey-centered and nationalistic, with a more favorable ground for Russian Federation to pull Ankara on its side against its transatlantic alliances with the U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, especially at a time when Turkey wants to buy F-35 jets from the USA and some lawmakers allegedly intend to block the sale.

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