In the first hours of Monday morning, Turkey’s Supreme Election Council (YSK) announced that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won an absolute majority.
It appears the President also has parliamentary control.
With 97.7% of the vote counted, there is no doubt that Erdogan has renewed his mandate. According to the same announcement, the parties that passed the 10% Turkish parliamentary threshold are the incumbent Justice and Development (AK) Party, the Republican People’s Party (CHP), the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), and the Good (IYI) Party.
AKP secured a 42.4% share of the vote, which along with the far-right nationalists MHP gives the ruling coalition a 53.6% of the vote. The ruling coalition is under strain as the nationalists (MHP) have been disappointed for the failure of Erdogan to give them credit for their support during the campaign.
The electoral process has been criticized, as the government controlled the majority of media outlets, and the leader of the left wing HDP, Selahattin Demirtaş, had to run a campaign from prison. Elections were taking place under a state of emergency declared after the failed coup attempt in July 2016.
The 64-year old Erdogan is continuously in power for 16 years; he served as prime minister from 2003 to 2014, thereon becoming President.
The original exit polls announced the state-run Anadolu Agency was accused by the opposition of creating misperceptions about the vote. Later on Sunday evening, the leading opposition CHP admitted defeat. Anadolu’s exit poll claimed Erdogan has a 60% share of the vote.
The first EU member states to congratulate Erdogan was Hungary’s prime minister Victor Orban, followed by the Greek foreign minister Nikos Kotzias.