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Election win in Turkey solidifies Erdogan’s rule

Issue No. 2610

Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg meets Turkeys president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in April

Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (left) meets Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in April (Pic: Nato/Flickr)

Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed re-election as Turkey’s president on Sunday in a triumph for his tactics of repressing opposition forces and gagging the media.

Provisional and only semi-official results on Sunday suggested that Erdogan had taken about 52 percent of the vote.

This was just enough for him to avoid a second round run-off that could have threatened his continuing rule.

If he is confirmed as president, Erdogan will inherit increased presidential powers.

These include the power to issue decrees with the force of law, and to appoint the cabinet and vice-presidents, as well as senior judges. In his victory speech he adopted an aggressive and threatening tone.

The candidate of the CHP right wing social democrats came second for president with around 31 percent of the vote.

The leftist and pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) suffered many jailings of its activists and elected officials, and daily attacks during the campaign. Yet it reached the 10 percent threshold to win MPs.

By winning over 11 percent of the national vote it will have 67 MPs.

The HDP’s success means Erdogan’s AK Party will rely on the far right MHP for its parliamentary majority.

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