Turkey's Erdogan, his alliance win presidential, parliamentary elections

Recep Tayyip Erdogan is fighting for his re-election with five other candidates

The White House said Monday that it is working to set up a phone call between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his US counterpart Donald Trump to "reaffirm the strong bond" between the two countries following the Turkish president's election victory.

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.

Mr Erdogan was declared Turkey's president by electoral board chairman Sadi Guven, who said he won a majority based on 99.9 percent of counted votes.

The opposition raised doubts about the accuracy and reliability of the figures released by state-run Anadolu news agency, the sole distributor of the official vote tally.

With 70 percent of votes counted in the presidential race, Erdogan had 55 percent, ahead of his closest rival, Muharrem Ince, of the main opposition, secularist Republican People's Party (CHP), on 29 percent, broadcasters said.

CNN reports that Erdogan declared himself the victor before the results were announced, leading to opposition claims that "state media and the election commission had manipulated the results and saying it was too early to be sure of the outcome".

"We have received the message that has been given to us in the ballot boxes".

Turkish voters re-elected Erdoğan to another term in office on Sunday in elections whose outcome is likely to shape the country for years or even decades to come.

However, the first results had been expected to give Erdogan and his Islamist-rooted party a strong lead and it is expected to shorten as more votes are tallied across the nation of 81 million people.

In the opposition camp, the CHP had 23% and the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) 11% - above the threshold it needs to reach to enter parliament.

But Ince, who had faced limited airtime on television in the campaign, said the run-up to the election had been unfair.

"The restrictions we have seen on fundamental freedoms have had an impact on these elections".

However, Putin and Erdogan have forged an increasingly close alliance in recent months.

The vote has also ushered in an executive presidency system giving Mr Erdogan sweeping new powers.

With Turkey holding parliamentary and presidential elections on the same day for the first time, Erdogan was also able to enjoy an overall majority in parliament with the help of his allies from the right-wing Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).

How will Erdoğan approach the new presidential system he inherits, one granting far greater powers for his position?

"Turkey is staging a democratic revolution", he told reporters after casting his own vote in Istanbul.

"If Erdogan stays in power, the results will be catastrophic", said Ayse Yildirim, 46, who said she voted for the HDP. That, coupled with high inflation rates and fears that the central bank's independence will be further reduced, has left worldwide investors uneasy after Erdogan's victory.

Luxembourg's foreign minister, Jean Asselborn, noted on Monday it is now up to Erdogan to decide whether Turkey's relations with the European Union will improve. But for Erdogan and his supporters, the new constitution is needed to secure economic growth and address security threats ranging from Kurdish insurgents to pro-coup opponents, around 40,000 of whom have been arrested and 120,000 fired from their jobs since the attempted coup.

Following the failed coup, Turkey has been under a state of emergency for almost two years and has seen a widespread crackdown on alleged supporters of Gulen.

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