Erdogan's victory will have far-reaching implications for Turkey and the Middle East

Rally in Istanbul for President Erdogan

Rally in Istanbul for President Erdogan

Mr Erdogan was declared Turkey's president by electoral board chairman Sadi Guven, who said he won a majority based on 99.9 percent of counted votes.

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Aakara: The leader of Turkey's main Opposition party on Tuesday refused to congratulate President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his decisive election victory, describing the strongman as a "dictator" running a one-man regime.

Speaking to supporters from the balcony of his ruling AK Party's headquarters in Ankara after Sunday's presidential and parliamentary elections, Erdogan said Turkey would also act more decisively against terrorist organizations.

The President used to be a largely ceremonial post until past year, when voters narrowly approved a referendum (51% to 49%) to give the President sweeping executive powers, which Erdogan has already been exercising under a state of Emergency.

"Now that Erdogan is comfortable, his point of power can allow him to open a new page if he wants to".

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

Ince of the Republican People's Party (CHP), who had challenged Erdogan with an energetic campaign and earlier accused the authorities of "manipulation", maintained an unusual silence after the results were announced before conceding defeat later Monday.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared victory in a pivotal election Sunday, saying voters had "handed him" the presidency.

And although Erdogan dominated airtime on a pliant mainstream media, Ince finished his campaign with eye-catching mass rallies, including a mega meeting in Istanbul on Saturday, that gave hope to the opposition.

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Ince also complained that it was an unfair election but accepted Erdogan's victory during a news conference Monday. Since a 2016 coup attempt, Erdogan has consolidated power, jailed opponents and clamped down on journalists.

Erdogan garnered 52.6 per cent of the vote, according to unofficial results. "I remember when we had to wait five days to get bread", said 56-year-old Tuncay Tek, who said he voted for Erdogan and the AKP on Sunday. Other leaders who commended the Turkish leader include Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

"We encourage all of Turkey's elected representatives, including President Erdogan, to represent the diverse views of all of Turkey's citizens and to strengthen Turkey's democracy".

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

As with other USA allies and NATO, Turkey's relations with Washington have been strained by Erdogan's insistence on going his own way, especially on relations with Russian Federation and on policy in Syria.

The AKP won 295 seats in the 600 MP chamber but the MHP did far better than expected, winning 49 seats and giving their alliance a clear majority, according to results published by Anadolu.

His secularist CHP won 23% in the new Parliament and the pro-Kurdish HDP almost 12%, above the 10% threshold needed to enter Parliament.

'In Turkey people think it is ridiculous that people in the Netherlands have a vote, ' he said.

"The fact that I was forced to campaign in detention conditions was the greatest injustice", Demirtas said. Turkey's president will likely take a conciliatory approach towards his European partners and the United States over the next term.

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