Turkey's Erdogan Takes on New Powers

President Erdogan has had opponents arrested and jailed

Image President Erdogan has had opponents arrested and jailed

With just over 99 percent of the vote counted, the national electoral board declared Erdogan the victor early on June 25 but did not give exact numbers, saying the remaining votes would not affect the result. Erdogan's closest contender, Muharrem Ince of the secular opposition Republican People's Party, won 30.7 per cent support.

Erdoğan struck a defiant tone in his victory speech early on Monday in Ankara, saying Turkey had set "an example" for the rest of the world, vowing to carry on military campaigns in Syria, fight terror groups and raise Turkey's global prestige.

In his Sunday speech, Erdogan mentioned nearly the 7 percentage-point drop in votes for his governing AK Party from 49.5 percent to 42.6, saying "we have received the message that has been given to us in the ballot boxes".

Erdogan spoke of his commitment to fight terrorist organisations and "to continue the fight to make the Syrian grounds freer" and to better the country's "international reputation".

There has been less tension between Turkey and the USA since a preliminary agreement was reached on American military support for the People's Protection Units in Manbij at the start of the month. "(Turkey) has transitioned to a one-man regime in the fullest sense".

An worldwide election watchdog has criticized the conditions under which the Turkish election was fought, saying they were skewed in favor of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his party.

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

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Unlike Erdogan's success, his Justice and Development Party (AK Party) lost its majority in the 600-seat assembly by claiming 295 seats, according to the unofficial results.

Erdogan responds to such criticism by saying he is trying to modernize Turkey and improve religious freedoms.

The pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) managed to get 11 percent of the votes and passed the threshold to be back in Parliament.

Under the new system, re-elected Erdogan will be able to appoint vice presidents, ministers, high-level officials and senior judges, as well as dissolve parliament, issue executive decrees and impose a state of emergency. Its electoral ally, the newly formed İyi (Good) party, led by Meral Akşener, won an impressive 10 percent of the vote in its first-ever election. However, it is worth noting Erdoğan could not have won the presidency without far-right MHP voters nor can his party govern parliament without their continued support.

Ozgurel said Erdogan's tough relations with the West and internal tensions will start to ease after the president delivers an election promise to lift the emergency measure soon after he takes over the executive presidency.

"Turkey is staging a democratic revolution", Erdogan told reporters in the polling station in Istanbul where he voted on June 24.

After being declared the victor, Erdogan on June 25 said he would act more decisively against terrorist organizations and would liberate more territory in Syria to allow "our guests" to go home safely, referring to the thousands of Syrian refugees who have fled the bloody seven-year civil war in the Middle East country.

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The opposition candidates had pledged to overturn the new powers, which were narrowly passed by referendum a year ago, if they won.

Separately, Luxembourg's foreign minister, Jean Asselborn, said Erdogan was now "all-powerful" and that he "has everything in his hands".

All this raises a couple of important questions: First, why did the United States just sell a bunch of F-35s to Turkey in the face of opposition from Congress?

Luxembourg's foreign minister, Jean Asselborn, noted on Monday it is now up to Erdogan to decide whether Turkey's relations with the European Union will improve.

Its spokesman Bulent Tezcan said Anadolu had published a count of over 90 percent of votes while in fact short of 40 percent had been counted.

But there are still a few checks on his power: He can not call new elections without the support of three-fifths of parliament (or 360 legislators), and the parliament is still in charge of approving the president's budget and his continued use of emergency powers.

Ince, who complained that it was an unfair election, accepted Erdogan's victory during a news conference Monday.

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