Turkey's main opposition candidate concedes election but warns of '1-man regime'

Erdogan, ruling AK Party take early lead in Turkish elections

Erdogan declares victory in Turkish polls as opposition cries foul

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday celebrated winning five more years in office with sweeping new powers after a decisive election victory, as Turkey's opposition raised bitter questions over the conduct of the polls.

He also pledged a more "determined" fight against outlawed Kurdish rebels and alleged members of a movement led by US -based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom he accuses of orchestrating a 2016 failed coup against his government.

"I accept these election results", said Muharrem Ince of the Republican People's Party (CHP), adding that Erdogan should "represent 80 million" and telling him: "You are the president for us all".

"It [turnout] displays how advanced Turkish democracy is and how developed its democratic maturity is", Erdogan said.

"In the past, Turkish assets have responded positively to political events that were perceived as increasing political stability", analysts at Goldman Sachs said in a note before the election.

Supporters of Turkey's President and ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan celebrate outside the party headquarters in Istanbul, Sunday, June 24, 2018.

"There are no significant differences between our records and the Supreme Election Council's records", Ince told reporters. A report by the Anadolu Agency said 10 foreigners - including French, German and Italian nationals - had been arrested over alleged attempts to "interfere" in the elections, citing Interior Ministry officials.

Turkey has been under emergency rule - which restricts some freedoms and allows the government to bypass parliament with decrees - for almost two years since an attempted coup in 2016.

A majority of 360 votes in parliament are required to take a constitutional change to referendum in the new executive presidential system.

Pakistan's veteran politician Shehbaz Sharif also extended his congratulations to Erdogan. He was prime minister between 2003 and 2014. Had the HDP fallen short, its seats would have gone to the AKP.

The AKP has already made an election alliance with the nationalist party under the People's Alliance. Elsewhere, the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) garnered 11 percent of the vote, above the threshold it needs to reach to enter parliament - sparking wild celebrations from its supporters in the southeast of the country.

The EU's executive Commission said it hoped Erdogan would "remain a committed partner for the European Union on major issues of common interest such as migration, security, regional stability and the fight against terrorism".

Erdoğan will assume vast new powers narrowly approved in a referendum past year, including the power to appoint senior judges and unelected vice presidents, and to pass decrees with the force of law.

Erdogan hastened the transition to his new role, bringing forward the vote by 17 months.

The Turkish currency has lost almost 75% of its value against the dollar in the last ten years.

But they chose to stick with a leader whom one voter called "our father".

'Do we really want to get the state back or not?

Ince also accused Erdogan of imposing a de facto media ban on covering the opposition.

Results released by Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency based on data from the YSK also gave Erdogan a clear majority of votes. Aksener attracted 7.35% of the vote.

Demirtas, who won 8.4 per cent in the presidential race, has been in pre-trial detention since November 2016 on terror-related charges. He has said his imprisonment was to silence him.

Of the 260,000 Dutch Turks eligible to vote, just 84,500 actually did so at one of the three polling stations set up round the country, the AD said.

In terms of a number of votes, almost 4 million more people voted for Ince than for CHP deputies - 15.3 million against 11.32 million.

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