Erdoğan’s “historic” victory sets scene for more assertive Turkey - columnist

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s victory in Sunday’s election was one of the greatest in Turkey’s history, wrote Ibrahim Karagül in the Daily Yeni Şafak on Monday.

Karagül characterised the election as a showdown between those who wanted to undermine Turkey and those who wanted it to grow; between those who, he said, “defend the homeland against terrorism and multinational interventions and those who are arm in arm with terrorists and interventionist groups.” 

Erdoğan won despite, “regional and global attacks, covert operations, the global front that has formed against him,” and in receiving more than 50 percent of the vote in the presidential election, voters gave him the green light to continue on the path he has taken.

Erdoğan’s victory was also cause of celebration, not just in Turkey, but in places as far afield as, “Skopje, Sarajevo, Baku, Crimea, Africa, and in the cities and hearts of the people of Far East Asia. It was felt in Arab streets, in the hopes of those who are stateless,” Karagül wrote in the Islamist newspaper.

He said that after the elections, Turkey would become far more assertive internationally. “There is now going to be a geography-building Turkey that expands out to the region, the world,” he wrote.