As İnce admits, the difference is too much to be labeled as fraud. Turkey’s citizens made their choices. Nationalist MHP made the biggest surprise by increasing its votes. The opposition lost on all accounts. It was an unfair election process, still, the opposition made its best. However, a staunch nationalist government continues to rule. I am afraid, there will probably be more imprisonments, more firings, more violations of freedom…
CHP politician vows to continue fighting one-man rule in opposition during Ankara speech
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s main challenger in Sunday’s elections, Muharrem İnce, has conceded defeat, urging the re-elected Turkish president to embrace all the country’s 81 million citizens, and vowing to continue the fight against one-man rule in opposition.
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. İnce came in second place with 30.64% of the vote – an impressive challenge but not enough to force a second-round runoff.
Erdoğan won outright majority but Amnesty says elections took place in a ‘climate of fear’
The country held presidential and parliamentary elections at the same time, under a new presidential system where the head of state will wield extraordinary powers and parliament’s authority will be diminished.
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan tells thousands of supporters in Ankara that Turkey will fight all terrorist organisations, after being declared the victor in presidential elections.
Unchecked dominance may mark beginning of new dark age for Turkish democracy
Outright victory in the first round of Turkey’s presidential elections has propelled Recep Tayyip Erdoğan into the foremost rank of global strongman leaders in the style of Russia’s Vladimir Putin, China’s Xi Jinping and Egypt’s Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. But his unchecked political dominance may mark the beginning of a new dark age for Turkish democracy.
The Turkish president is a dictator in all but name. Turkish voters should kick him outThe prospect of a triumphantly re-elected Recep Tayyip Erdoğan armed with sweeping new presidential powers is deeply alarming to many Turks, but it is also a scary prospect for the international community. Since taking national office 15 years ago, Erdoğan has turned from neighbourhood bully-boy into geostrategic threat. Under his choleric, resentful tutelage, Turkey has ceased to be a reliable friend of Europe and the US. If he gets his way in Sunday’s polls, Erdoğan, a dictator in all but name, is likely to foment further instability in Syria and throughout the Middle East region.