ANKARA, Turkey — The Latest on the results of presidential and parliamentary elections in Turkey (all times local):
Sweden’s foreign minister says Turkey’s democracy has to improve its shortcomings but Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan should be given the chance to do that.
Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom says Turkey “should not give others democracy lessons … not when opposition leaders are sitting in jail.” She also says the issues with Turkey’s large Kurdish minority and the country’s economic development remain “huge challenges.”
Wallstrom spoke upon arriving Monday for a meeting of the European Union’s foreign ministers in Luxembourg. She says “we are hoping for the end of the state of emergency (in Turkey) and for reforms that will allow Turkey to approach the EU again.”
She said, “I don’t have high hopes for a more democratic development, but we must give Erdogan a chance,” adding that the situation in Turkey “has been worrying for several years.”
Turkey’s main opposition candidate has conceded deafeat in Sunday’s presidential and parliamentary elections, calling on the winner, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to end his divisive policies.
Muharrem Ince told reporters on Monday: “I accept the results of the election.”
Erdogan emerged victorious, garnering 52.6 percent of the votes according to unofficial results. Ince, his closest rival, won 30.6 percent.
Ince called on Erdogan: “Be everyone’s president, embrace everyone. That’s what I would have done if I had won.”
The 54-year-old politician criticized Turkey’s new system, saying: “Turkey has cut off its links with democracy. It has cut off links with the parliamentary system. It is transitioning toward a one-man regime.”
Ince said he had garnered 15 million votes in the elections and would work to increase them to 30 million.
Luxembourg’s foreign minister says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is now “all-powerful” and it’s up to him whether Turkey’s relations with the European Union improve.
Turkey’s High Electoral Board declared Erdogan the winner of Sunday’s election, which ushers in a new executive presidential system.
Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said as he arrived Monday at a meeting with EU counterparts: “Mr. Erdogan is now an all-powerful man, not just de facto but also formally.”
Asselborn said that “he has everything in his hands,” including the power to end a state of emergency, release detainees and “get on another track with Europe.”
Turkey began EU membership talks in 2005, but the discussions have been at a standstill in recent years.
The head of Turkey’s electoral board says 99.91 percent of the ballots cast in Sunday’s dual presidential and parliamentary elections have been “processed” so far.
Sadi Guven on Monday described the elections, in which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won a new five-year term with vastly increased powers, as “healthy” and said the results would be opened for public scrutiny in 10 days.
According to unofficial results, Erdogan won 52.6 percent of the votes in the presidential race, avoiding a second-round runoff vote. His ruling Justice and Development Party garnered 42.5 percent of the parliamentary vote.
The board is scheduled to confirm the results on June 29 after reviewing complaints.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has become one of the first world leaders to congratulate Recep Tayyip Erdogan on being re-elected as Turkey’s president.
Turkey’s national electoral board has declared Erdogan the winner of the country’s presidential election with an absolute majority of valid votes.
Putin sent Erdogan a telegram to congratulate him on the victory, the Kremlin said in a statement Monday.
Putin told Erdogan that the results of the election were a testament to his political authority and the broad support for his leadership.
Turkey and Russia have put aside their traditional rivalries and differences on regional issues to forge closer ties. Putin and Erdogan have met several times in the past year and regularly speak on the phone.
Also Monday, Kosovo President Hashim Thaci congratulated Erdogan in a tweet, adding: “Looking forward to our continued good cooperation.”
Turkey has been a main supporter of Kosovo, which declared independence from Serbia in 2008.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has dominated Turkish politics for the past 15 years, is set to extend his rule with sweeping powers after winning landmark presidential and parliamentary elections.
Turkey’s High Electoral Board declared Erdogan, 64, the winner of Sunday’s polls, which usher in a new executive presidential system that was approved in a referendum last year. Under the system, the office of the prime minister is eliminated and executive powers are transferred to the president, who can rule with limited checks and balances.
Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party fell short of a parliamentary majority but a better-than-expected performance by its nationalist ally would allow the party to control the 600-seat legislature.
Erdogan’s closest rival, Muharrem Ince, who complained of unfair elections, has yet to formally concede defeat.
By Associated Press