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Turkey Elections: Erdogan Wins 2nd Term text.npr.org

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won a second five-year term on Sunday in an election granting the Turkish leader unprecedented executive powers.

Addressing supporters from the Justice and Development Party, or AKP, headquarters in the nation's capital hours after his victory, Erdogan claimed Turkey's 81 million residents were the winners of the hotly contested election, state run media Anadolu reported.

"Winners of June 24 elections are Turkey, Turkish nation, sufferers of our region and all oppressed in the world," he said to cheering crowds, adding that the country "will look at its future with so much more trust than it did this morning."

Erdogan also claimed the AKP, and its allied Nationalist Movement Party, the MHP, had retained their control of parliament.

Early Monday morning, the Supreme Election Council announced Erdogan received the absolute majority in the presidential election with 53 percent of votes after 97.7 percent of ballots had been counted.

The win allowed Erdogan to escape a runoff against his closest rival, Muharrem Ince, who posed the greatest threat to ending Erdogan's 15-year political dominance.

Ince, a former teacher-turned-lawmaker with the Republican People's Party, the main secular party known as the CHP, garnered 31 percent of votes, according to election officials. As of Monday morning he had not conceded the election and urged election observers not to leave ballot boxes.

The election council will announce final results on Friday.

Erdogan's victory ensures he'll stay in office for 20 years — until 2023 — and ushers in a powerful new executive presidency that eliminates the prime minister's role. The current prime minister, Binali Yildirim, said he expects he'll be appointed vice president.

The expanded authority of the office is the result of constitutional changes narrowly approved in a referendum last year, which will afford Erdogan autonomy to directly appoint top public officials. He'll also have the ability to rule by decree, intervene in the country's legal system and dissolve parliament.

Additionally, as NPR's Peter Kenyon reported, the new system grants Erdogan the possibility of running for a third term "should parliament call snap elections in his final term."

The AKP says the changes are intended to make Erdogan's government more efficient and workable while he enacts rapid reforms that are fundamental to his agenda. Critics say it is a blatant power grab and pushes Turkey closer to authoritarian rule.

Sunday's elections were supposed to be held in 2019, but Erdogan moved them forward by more than a year.

Throughout his presidency, Erdogan has reintroduced Islamic conservatism to civic institutions in a quest to forge a "pious generation." After a failed coup in 2016, tens of thousands of people were arrested and about 150,000 public servants and soldiers were fired from their jobs.

One of his primary campaign promises was to lift a state of emergency he imposed following the coup attempt.

"Starting from tomorrow, we will be in a rush trying to deliver on promises that we have made to our nation," he said Monday during the early morning victory speech.

He promised to confront terrorist groups and liberate Syrian lands so that refugees could safely return to their homelands.

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retiredshared2 wrote

This was hardly an election, its a joke to say he 'won'.

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theblackcat wrote

  1. put all your opponents in prison

  2. stuff the shit out of the ballot boxes anyway

  3. democracy

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ziq wrote

He also has complete control of the media.

Even foreign media like Al Jazeera somehow. That channel is putting out "it's the will of the people" in all their coverage.

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atomkarinca wrote

The problem with politics in Turkey is not Erdoğan, it's the conditions that makes him irreplacable.

AKP -Erdoğan's party- is a political movement that has its roots in the Ottoman Empire. The now so-called center right has always been the leading political movement in Turkey. It was DP in the 50s, AP in the 60s, MSP in the 70s, ANAP in the 80s, RP in the 90s and finally AKP in the 00s and 10s.

For people outside of Turkey, the political movements in the Turkey are roughly the following:

  • Center right: always has a religious tone, more "relaxed" in workers' rights. (~%30 of the population)
  • Center left: always has a secular tone, more "tight" in workers' rights. (~%30 of the population)
  • Far right v1: based on religious values, roots for the good old Ottoman days where religion was the only source of law. (~%20 of the population)
  • Far right v2: based on racial values, roots for the good old Ancient Turkic days where "horse/woman/gun" was the only source of law, the main source of mafia in Turkey. (~%10 of the population)
  • Far left: based on "leftist" values, the main source of "terrorists" in Turkey. (~%10 of the population)

At first glance it's not very far fetched to beat Erdoğan. But the thing is, center left has a very crooked view of politics. The most valued thing for them is Atatürk, and they think the country borders, the flag etc. are sacred. The Gezi Movement went to shit because of them. They have helped right-wing governments destroy every single aspect of workers' rights and then went "boo the right-wing governtments!".

The clash of center right and center left is what's eating Turkey from inside. Until the center left evolves into something meaningful for our time, we will never ever be a society. For the time being I can only comfort myself that there is still a leftist party in the congress (HDP) but they only have 67 congressmen out of 400.

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rot wrote

He promised to confront terrorist groups and liberate Syrian lands so that refugees could safely return to their homelands.

[X] Doubt