Erdogan is allowed to rule Turkey for another five years. Russia's President Putin and Hungary's Orban are particularly happy with the result.
Ankara - Less than four hours after polling stations closed, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared himself the winner of the run-off election. Reactions from home and abroad followed almost as quickly - initially mainly criticism of the leaders of the opposition alliance Six-Table, especially by Erdogan's opponents. "Where is Aksener, where is Davutoglu, where is Babacan, where is Uysal, where is Kilicdaroglu," journalist Baris Pehlivan asks on Halk TV.
Turkey's election was an AKP campaign
The german-Turkish journalist Süheyla Kaplan is not surprised by the result. "Basically, no dictator would organize an election that he would lose. These elections did not take place in a normal electoral atmosphere. It was not an election, but an AKP campaign that took control of the entire state apparatus and waged a ruthless, dirty campaign against the opposition through all media channels," Kaplan said in an interview with our editors.
"The leader of the opposition party fought honorably against the entire campaign and against the AKP, which had taken over the state. In these elections, Erdoğan won by a hair's breadth with the votes of Turks abroad. Erdoğan voters who went to the polls with Rabia signs, even though they live in a democratic country, have once again given their approval to the Islamist, fascist one-man regime in Turkey," Kaplan said indignantly.
Erdogan casting his vote at a polling station in Istanbul- © Emrah Gurel/dpa
Turkey's election did not take place under fair conditions
The german-Turkish journalist Mehmet Tanli also criticizes IPPEN in an interview with Fr.de. MEDIA, above all, the unequal conditions in the Turkish election. "Just like in the first round, the elections did not take place under fair conditions. Erdogan controls the media – including the private ones," says Tanli. In addition, the religious authority is on the side of Erdogan and his AKP. "Erdogan has repeatedly been able to make campaign speeches in mosques, which his opponent Kemal Kilicdaroglu (CHP) was denied. There is an Islamist-nationalist climate in the country that Erdogan knows how to exploit."
Kilicdaroglu is a Kurdish Alevite and is therefore repeatedly criticized by Islamists and nationalists. Tanli believes that the already ailing economy will suffer even further and that the camps will harden even further. Under these conditions, Erdogan would not be able to rule the country for another five years. "I think there will be early elections in two years," Tanli said.
Further distance from the West to be feared after Turkey's election
The Turkish journalist Arzu Yildiz, who lives in exile in Canada, also expects the situation in Turkey to deteriorate. "On Monday, people in an even poorer Turkey will wake up. In my view, a new empire has been founded. On May 28, secularism and the republic were abolished. If Erdogan now also introduces the Kailfat, then the matter is complete," Yildiz said. Turkey has now moved closer to Iran and Afghanistan and has moved away from Europe.
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The imprisoned former co-chairman of the HDP, Selahattin Demirtas, expressed disappointment with the election result and assumed manipulation. "In reality, this was not an election, but a major operation. The electoral process was marked by great ones," Demirtas said on Twitter. The entire election was rigged.
Putin and Orban happy about election results
Russian President Vladimir Putin, on the other hand, is happy about the outcome of the election, congratulating Erdogan with warm words: "The election victory was the legitimate result of your selfless work in the post of head of state of the Turkish Republic." Erdogan's triumph demonstrates the Turkish people's support for the course of "national sovereignty and independent foreign policy."
"Congratulations to President Erdogan on his undisputed election victory! Congratulations, Mr. President," Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Twitter. Erdogan maintains good relations with both politicians, who are notorious for their actions against press freedom and human rights.