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Regardless, Erdogan proudly addressed supporters from his Justice and Development Party's (AKP) headquarters in the capital Ankara early Monday morning, telling them: "The victor of this election is each and every individual among my 81 million citizens", and lauding the "lessons in democracy" Turkey had given to the rest of the world.

Many critics say this year's military operation in Afrin, Syria, was primarily created to boost both Mr Erdogan's reputation and nationalist sentiment prior to the elections; however, in his victory speech to supporters from the ruling party's headquarters in Ankara he said that Turkey would now act more decisively against terrorist organisations.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed victory in the June 24 presidential election and said his ruling AK Party and its alliance partner had won a parliamentary majority.

Speaking early Monday, Supreme Election Council head Sadi Guven said 97.7 percent of votes had been counted and declared Erdogan the victor.

Erdogan won 52.5 per cent in the presidential poll while his main rival Muharrem Ince, of the secular Republican People's Party (CHP), was on 31.7 per cent, Anadolu news agency said, based on a 99 per cent vote count.

Putin told Erdogan that the results of the election were a testament to his political authority and the broad support for his leadership. I call onto all polling clerks not to get frustrated and not to leave the ballot boxes.

Haniyeh phoned Erdogan Sunday evening, according to a statement posted on the terror group's official website.

"Turkey has given a lesson in democracy to the entire world", he added, pointing to a turnout of 88 percent.

The country has been ruled under emergency powers since a coup attempt in 2016 in which around 160,000 people were detained, according to the United Nations.

Nearly half the country voted against the new presidential powers Erdogan will now assume.

"The restrictions we have seen on fundamental freedoms (due to the state of emergency) have had an impact on these elections", Ignacio Sanchez Amor, head of the OSCE observer mission, told a news conference.

In his victory speech to supporters early on Monday morning, Mr Erdogan vowed to bring the new presidential system into being "rapidly".

Asked whether Turkey would become more democratic with Erdogan bolstering his powers Wallstrom said: "I unfortunately do not have any great hopes but we have to give them a chance". These elections, which implemented constitutional changes approved in an April 2017 referendum, marked the country's shift from a parliamentary to a presidential system.

Sunday's vote will pave the way for fully implementing new executive presidency long sought by Erdogan. "With turnout of almost 90 percent, Turkey has taught the whole world a democracy lesson".

"Turkey´s stability is good news for the whole of Europe, because our continent faces a number of serious security challenges, and it is essential to overcome them with predictable and effective cooperation with Turkey", Orban said in a letter to Erdogan quoted by his office. That, coupled with high inflation rates and fears that the central bank's independence will be further reduced, has left global investors uneasy after Erdogan's victory.

A supporter of Turkey's President and ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, chants slogans during celebrations outside the party headquarters in Istanbul, June 24, 2018.

He remains the favourite to hold on to the presidency - even if he needs a second round on July 8 - but the outcome is likely to be much tighter than he expected when calling the snap polls one-and-a-half years ahead of schedule.

Luxembourg's foreign minister said Mr Erdogan is now "all-powerful" and it will be up to him whether Turkey's relations with the European Union improve.


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