North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief congratulates Erdogan on Turkey election win

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a press conference at the Presidential Complex in Ankara

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief congratulates Erdogan on Turkey election win

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan won sweeping new executive powers on Monday after his victory in landmark elections that also saw his AK Party and its nationalist allies secure a majority in parliament.

A night of triumph for Erdogan saw the man who has dominated Turkey for the last 15 years declared victor of Sunday's presidential poll without needing a second round and take his ruling party-led alliance to an overall majority in parliament.

The election coincides with the implementation of a new executive presidential system which was approved in a referendum previous year.

The President narrowly won a referendum past year to transform the country's parliamentary system to a powerful executive presidency, in what his critics called a blatant power grab.

With 70 percent of votes counted in the presidential race, Erdogan had 55 percent, ahead of his closest rival, Muharrem Ince, of the main opposition, secularist Republican People's Party (CHP), on 29 percent, broadcasters said.

According to unofficial results that have yet to be confirmed by the electoral board, Erdogan garnered 52.5 per cent of the presidential vote, while his ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, won 42.5 per cent of the parliamentary vote.

"I accept the results of the election", he told reporters.

But his first comments since Erdogan was declared victor, Kilicdaroglu sounded alarm over the new powers the president would assume under constitutional changes that now come into force.

It, however, said voters had a genuine choice during what was a "vibrant" campaign in "a highly polarized political environment".

Results released by Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency based on data from the YSK also gave Erdogan a clear majority of votes.

These elections were originally scheduled for November 2019 but were brought forward by Mr Erdogan.

The HDP's presidential candidate, Selahattin Demirtas, has waged his election campaign from a prison near the Greek border as he awaits trial on terrorism-related charges, which he denies.

An unexpectedly strong showing by the AK Party's alliance partner, the nationalist MHP, could translate into a stable parliamentary majority Erdogan seeks to govern freely.

The pro-Kurdish HDP looks set to reach the 10% threshold and enter parliament.

Masoud Barzani, former president of the Kurdistan Region, also shared his congratulations in a tweet on Monday afternoon, saying he hopes the result will pave the way for a peaceful resolution of the Kurdish question in Turkey.

"How can I vote for Erdogan?".

Reaction was still awaited from key European Union capitals and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Washington.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Jens Stoltenberg congratulated but stressed the alliance, of which Turkey is a member, "is based on some core values: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty".

"It is my pleasure to convey to You my most honest congratulations on the occasion of Your re-election as the President of the Republic of Turkey", Margvelashvili's statement to Erdogan reads.

But critics accuse him of ruling with an iron grip, especially after a failed coup in July 2016 which was followed by a state of emergency that has seen tens of thousands of people arrested.

The president, who has never lost an election and has been in power since 2003, initially as prime minister, had faced a more robust, united opposition than ever before. Consequently, he could now stay in power until 2028.

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