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Mar 31 2019

Turkey’s Erdoğan declares victory for ruling AKP, ally MHP at Sunday’s polls

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) along with ally far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) have emerged as the clear winners of Sunday’s polls, independent news site T24 reported.

The Turkish president’s statements arrive as the vote count continues in Sunday’s local elections, where the AKP-MHP People’s Alliance leads by 51.92 percent against the opposition Nation Alliance of secularist Republican People’s Party (CHP) and centre-right nationalist Good (İYİ) Party, which has received 37.55 percent of the votes. A total of 83.9 percent of votes have been counted at the time this article was published.

Turkey’s strongman stressed that Turkey will not go to snap elections until 2023, when the country’s next general elections are set to take place.

‘’We have an important reform programme to implement,‘’ Erdoğan said.

‘’We will no longer be bogged down by elections. We will look ahead. We will be busy with Turkey’s economy, policies and investments; we will focus on these and take our steps accordingly.‘’ he added, in an apparent reference to the country’s financial troubles which have sent the lira plummeting as inflation and unemployment soars.

Erdoğan said that he would be travelling to capital Ankara Sunday evening to evaluate the results of the polls at the ruling AKP headquarters before delivering his balcony victory speech, which has become a trademark over his 17 years in power.