Social media reacts to the elections — Turkey on Twitter

Supporters of Erdogan celebrate in the streets after the party claimed victory in the presidential polls

Supporters of Erdogan celebrate in the streets after the party claimed victory in the presidential polls

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won Turkey's presidential election, the country's electoral board has confirmed. As the leader of the ruling AKP party, he will hold the majority vote in the parliament - in effect, he will control the legislative branch.

Many critics say this year's military operation in Afrin, Syria, was primarily created to boost both Mr Erdogan's reputation and nationalist sentiment prior to the elections; however, in his victory speech to supporters from the ruling party's headquarters in Ankara he said that Turkey would now act more decisively against terrorist organisations.

Regardless, Erdogan proudly addressed supporters from his Justice and Development Party's (AKP) headquarters in the capital Ankara early Monday morning, telling them: "The victor of this election is each and every individual among my 81 million citizens", and lauding the "lessons in democracy" Turkey had given to the rest of the world.

Investors welcomed the prospect of a stable working relationship between the president and the new parliament, although concerns remained over Erdogan's policy promise.

Erdogan gave a victory address from a balcony in Ankara in the early hours of Monday morning, CNN reported.

Erdogan declared his victory with a tweet saying "Devam" ("continue"), a reference to the election campaign during which the word "enough" ("tamam") became a trending topic on Twitter after he promised to step down if the people wanted.

"I accept the election results", İnce said at a press conference at his party's headquarters, adding that despite some votes being stolen, the overall result was not in question.

All's not lost: As the election showed, Turkey's opposition still lives, with critics, like Ince, fighting to restore democratic rule.

Erdogan has repeatedly cast his opponents as enemies of democracy, tapping into the groundswell of nationalist feeling that followed a failed coup in 2016.

Conceding defeat, Ince warned that constitutional changes ushered in by Erdogan earlier in the year represented a threat to the country's democracy.

According to results published by the state news agency Anadolu, Erdogan won 52.6 per cent of the vote, with Ince on 30.6 per cent.

Many in Turkey (and abroad) see Erdogan as a flourishing authoritarian who is leading Turkey away from the democracy it embraced upon its modern founding after World War I. Since that time, Turkey has also insisted on strict secularism. Erdogan had himself in mind, naturally, which brings us to yesterday's election. Other leaders who commended the Turkish leader include Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

The MHP performed particularly well in the election, winning 49 seats and indicating that many Turks are still very much in favor of a nationalist government.

His secularist CHP won 23% in the new Parliament and the pro-Kurdish HDP almost 12%, above the 10% threshold needed to enter Parliament. "I also congratulate the Turkish people on the high turnout in the elections", Stoltenberg said as he arrived for a meeting with European Union foreign and defence ministers in Luxembourg.

Five candidates ran against Erdogan, including the jailed ex-leader of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtas. This would have detracted from Erdogan's image of invincibility; it also would have helped the opposition to improve the morale of its supporters and to consolidate its votes in the second round, thus increasing the possibility of defeating Erdogan.

"The fact that I was forced to campaign in detention conditions was the greatest injustice".

Erdoğan struck a defiant tone in his victory speech early on Monday in Ankara, saying Turkey had set "an example" for the rest of the world, vowing to carry on military campaigns in Syria, fight terror groups and raise Turkey's global prestige.

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