Turkey What's next for Turkey following Erdogan's election win?

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President Mamnoon Hussain (left) extended heartfelt felicitations to President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) on his victory in the elections on Monday, June 25, 2018.

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.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won a new five-year term and will enjoy sweeping new powers after his victory in an election that global monitors said lacked "equal" conditions and his closest challenger said turned Turkey into "a one-man regime".

However, an opposition election platform which is doing its own vote tally based on results gathered by its observers at polling stations gave Erdogan only 43.5 percent and Ince 33.9 percent, based on almost 12 percent of overall votes cast.

Mr Erdogan's main rival, Muharrem Ince of the Republican People's Party (CHP), conceded defeat but branded the elections "unjust" and said the presidential system that now takes effect was "very dangerous" because it would lead to one-man rule. Final results are due to be published by the Supreme Election Board (YSK) later this week but its chairman Sadi Guven declared Erdogan the victor.

"I hope nobody will try to cast a shadow on the results and harm democracy in order to hide their own failure", he added, clearly aiming to pre-empt opposition complaints of foul play.

According to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Erdogan and his AKP party "used state resources to ensure victory" adding that "the media is nearly totally pro-Erdogan after years of co-option and censorship". More than 50,000 people have been imprisoned pending trial since the uprising.

The HDP easily broke through the 10 percent minimum vote threshold to pick up 67 seats, sparking wild celebrations in its Kurdish-majority stronghold of Diyarbakir.

Five candidates ran against Erdogan. Instead, Mr Erdogan claimed victory in the early hours of Monday morning with 53 per cent of the vote.

"Turkey is staging a democratic revolution", Erdogan told reporters in the polling station in Istanbul where he voted on June 24.

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Last year, Erdogan narrowly won a referendum to convert the country's parliamentary system to a powerful executive presidency. It was not to be: Erdoğan secured the presidency in the first round and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) maintained control of parliament in coalition with the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). They have said election law changes and fraud allegations in the 2017 referendum raise fears about the vote's fairness.

"We want democracy", he said.

Parliament has been weakened and the post of prime minister abolished, as measures approved in a controversial referendum past year take effect.

Mr Erdogan has presided over a strong economy and built up a solid support base by investing in healthcare, education and infrastructure.

"If Erdogan stays in power, the results will be catastrophic", said Ayse Yildirim, 46, who said she voted for the HDP. He instigated a state of emergency after a failed coup against him in 2016, retaliated by eroding judicial independence, and led crackdowns against press freedom.

Buoyed by opinion polls, opponents of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan believed they had a realistic chance of unseating him-or at least reducing his dominance in Sunday's elections.

The CHP's presidential candidate Ince also accused election reports from the Anadolu Agency of "manipulation".

Separately, Luxembourg's foreign minister, Jean Asselborn, said Erdogan was now "all-powerful" and that he "has everything in his hands".

Ince, 54, had condemned what he says are the excesses of the security state under Erdogan and pledged to end emergency rule if elected.

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