Turkey's Erdogan clinches second term with majority vote

Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan claims victory in dual elections as opposition urges caution on results

Tayyip Erdogan reelected Turkey's president by big margin

With 98 percent of votes counted, Erdogan secured 52.5 percent on Sunday, according to results released by state-run Anadolu Agency.

Speaking early Monday, Supreme Election Council head Sadi Guven said 97.7 percent of votes had been counted and declared Erdogan the victor.

The pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party, or HDP, was edging past the 10 per cent threshold to enter parliament, with 10.7 per cent.

If both the presidential and the parliamentary elections go against Erdogan, Turkey's politics, and possibly the country, could undergo significant change.

He also declared victory for the People's Alliance, an electoral cooperation between his ruling Justice and Development Party and the small Nationalist Movement Party, saying they had a "parliamentary majority" in the 600-member assembly. The vote will complete Turkey's transition from a parliamentary to a new executive presidential system, a move approved in a referendum past year. Women will make up 17.82% of its lawmakers this term, up from its previous 11 percent.

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The president and his allies campaigned on the contrast between today's prosperous Turkey and the political and economic turmoil that preceded Erdogan's rule, pointing to GDP growth rates averaging nearly 6 percent since the AK Party came to power in 2002.

In Sunday's parliamentary poll, the CHP won some 22.64 percent, far less than Ince.

Celebrations erupted in the Kurdish-majority city of Diyarbakir, with people letting off fireworks into the sky, AFP correspondents said.

Erdogan had faced an energetic campaign by Ince, who has rivalled the incumbent's charisma and crowd-pulling on the campaign trail, as well as a strong opposition alliance in the legislative poll.

All three major opposition parties accused Anadolu Agency of manipulating the results and releasing them selectively, a claim dismissed by the government. He will also have the right to appoint individuals into high-level government positions and senior roles within the judiciary.

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Its spokesman Bulent Tezcan said Anadolu was publishing a count of over 90 percent of votes while in fact short of 40 percent had been counted.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacts during an election rally in Istanbul, June 23, 2018.

Erdogan has overseen historic change in Turkey since his Islamic-rooted ruling party first came to power in 2002 after years of secular domination.

"I hope nobody will try to cast a shadow on the results and harm democracy in order to hide their own failure", Erdogan said in his speech. But critics accuse the Turkish strongman, 64, of trampling on civil liberties and autocratic behaviour.

Authorities have regularly carried out such operations against alleged Gulen supporters since the July 2016 coup attempt under a state of emergency that limits certain freedoms and extends the detention time for questioning of suspects.

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Erdogan has also campaigned against the backdrop of increasing economic woes, including high inflation and a currency that has sometimes been in free-fall.

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