Erdogan fires on election monitors to respect AKP win
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has called on the international community to respect the outcome of snap elections on Sunday, despite criticism from all angles that elections were unfair.
Sunday saw the ruling AKP gain back its parliamentary majority, just five months after losing it and being unable to form a coalition government.
Erdogan, the party’s founder, said that voters had chosen stability following months of unrest.
With almost all ballots counted, state-run Anadolu news agency said the AKP had won 49.4 per cent of the vote, with the main opposition CHP on 25.4 per cent.
Criticism from election observers
European observers have criticised the government for stifling media freedom.
The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said violence, especially in the country’s south-east, had also had a significant impact on the election.
Meanwhile, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) went further and denounced the entire process as “unfair”.
Erdogan’s praise points finger at international community
President Erdogan hailed the result early on Monday, saying: “The national will manifested itself on 1 November in favour of stability.”
But he also attacked media criticism of him and called for global recognition of the election result.
“Now a party with some 50% [of the vote] in Turkey has attained power… This should be respected by the whole world, but I have not seen such maturity.”
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