S&Ds: We stand by all progressive, pro-European forces in Turkey

S&Ds: We stand by all progressive, pro-European forces in Turkey

"Erdogan "won" reelection in Turkey this weekend only by decimating the opposition through arrests, violence and squashing freedom of the press", Schiff wrote on Twitter. The percentages remain nearly the same and Turkish society seems to have become entrenched in its various camps. Worldwide election monitors question whether the election was free and fair, citing last-minute rule changes, the muzzling of opposition voices and the dominance of the "yes" campaign in the media.

Erdogan's governing partner Devlet Bahceli, leader of the MHP, said this week that his party's performance in the elections was a historic success, which is part of a larger global surge in fascism. That marks a slight rise from 51.8% he won in presidential elections of August 2014. Turks will cast their votes on Sunday in presidential and parliamentary elections.

This was also the first election in which parties could form alliances to compile votes and reduce the risk of not gaining enough votes to win seats.

The election campaign, then, was certainly not fought under fair conditions, but the enthusiastic CHP and HDP rallies made it look as though a change might be possible. There have been no reports of fraud from global observers, at least so far. To add to the farce, ballots in Turkey's election this week no longer needed to be stamped with the election commission's official stamp.

Although the AKP did not win a majority in the parliament, the fact that he formed an alliance with the far-right National Movement Party secured him the majority he needs, basically rendering the next parliament nothing more than a rubber stamp to push his agenda with virtually no opposition.

That decline deprived the AKP of winning parliamentary majority, with 295 seats in Turkey's 300-member house.

Erdogan won the Turkish presidential election with 52.6 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results.

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Turkish authorities have ordered the detention of 132 people in nationwide operations targeting suspected supporters of a USA -based Muslim cleric accused of orchestrating a failed coup two years ago, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday. His followers know it was Erdoğan who included them for the first time and gave them new schools and hospitals, new roads and airports, and above all, dignity and identity.

Election board chief Sadi Guven said officials were taking "administrative and judicial initiatives" over reported security problems as people voted in Sanliurfa, in the country's southeast, according to Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency. There are already signs.

Putin sent Erdogan a telegram to congratulate him on the victory, the Kremlin said in a statement Monday.

Worldwide observers have highlighted among other things the unfair media environment in which Erdoğan's AKP party obtained blanket coverage. Since the failed 2016 coup, he has also done away with the military's traditional moderating role on political power.

A number of men, in their 60s, say that they voted for Mr Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) because "the violence in [the Kurdish-majority city] Diyarbakir in 2015 was not anywhere near as brutal as the violence the Kurds endured in the 90s". Ironically, even civil war-torn Syria is at the bottom of the list (meaning its democracy has declined the least among the countries surveyed).

Sunday's polls are the first since Turkey switched to a presidential system of governance after an April 2017 constitutional referendum.

Kemal Kirisci of the Brookings Institution noted that opposition calls for better relations with the European Union had not impressed voters as much as Erdogan's "anti-Western narrative". Since the crisis centered on Qatar erupted past year, Turkey took a strong stance in Qatar's defense, exemplified by the parliamentary decision to fast-track a bill allowing the deployment of Turkish troops there.