Turkey election: Erdogan declares a win for “democracy” despite corruption, fraud, arrests

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan celebrated his election victory Sunday, declaring that “the sufferers of our region and all oppressed in the world” won the election as opposition leaders and international observers decry widespread arrests, ballot irregularities, and censorship.

This coming from a man who declared jihad on the Kurds and dispatched thousands of soldiers to “decimate them.” On January 20 and 21, 90,000 mosques in Turkey prayed Quranic conquest prayers, calling on Muslims to be ruthless to unbelievers.

Like all jihadists and Islamic supremacists, Erdogan is a liar who will say and do anything he can get away with to further his vision of a revived Ottoman Empire. He has already accused Europe twice of starting a war between the cross and the crescent, and has been at the forefront of pushing the idea that “Islamophobia” is a “crime against humanity.” Even with his disgraceful reputation as a violent jihadist despot, Erdogan has sent a “human rights” committee to visit Europe to probe “Islamophobia.”

One can expect that there was corruption at the deepest levels in the Turkish election.

“Erdogan Declares ‘Democracy Wins’ as Arrests, Fraud Claims Mar Turkish Election,” by Frances Martel, Breitbart, June 25, 2018:

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan celebrated his election victory Sunday, declaring that “the sufferers of our region and all oppressed in the world” won the election as opposition leaders and international observers decry widespread arrests, ballot irregularities, and censorship.

Despite most opposition candidates being effectively banned from television after Erdoğan shut down over one hundred media outlets in 2016 – and one presidential candidate facing 183 years in prison for criticizing Erdoğan’s policy on Kurdish Turkey – Erdoğan barely secured a simple majority on Sunday. According to the Turkish state-run Anadolu News Agency, Erdoğan received 52.56 percent of the vote.

Primary opposition candidate Muharrem İnce of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) received 30.64 percent of the vote; imprisoned Kurdish candidate Selahattin Demirtaş received 8.4 percent, and Meral Akşener, representing the debut of the nationalist Iyi (Good) Party, received 7.29 percent of the vote.

A map detailing how the vote broke down finds that Erdoğan dominated most of heartland rural Turkey, İnce did best with the urban vote, and Demirtaş locked down most states in the Kurdish-populated southwest. Edirne, the northeast city where Demirtaş is being held without a trial, went for İnce.

In the parliamentary election, Erdoğan’s Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) retained the plurality with 42.56 percent of the vote. They will govern in a coalition with the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), a traditional ally of the AKP. Demirtaş’ secularist, left-wing People’s Democratic Party (HDP) received 11.7 percent of the vote, increasing its voting block in parliament and avoiding dropping below the ten percent threshold necessary to be represented in the legislature….
Source:https://www.jihadwatch.org/2018/06/turkey-election-erdogan-declares-a-win-for-democracy-despite-corruption-fraud-arrests

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