Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won a third term as Turkey’s prime minister. His AK Party gained a decisive victory, picking up 49.9 percent of the vote, but fell short of the majority required to re-write the constitution without consultation or referendum.
Erdogan must sit down with opposition parties and thrash out a new civil constitution to replace the current one penned by the military in 1982.
Turkish democrats believe the result will benefit democracy in the country.
On the streets the capital the mood was one of optimism. Ankara resident Ferhat Taskiran said: “The AK Party has become the first party to win a third consecutive term. The main opposition party has also increased its share of the vote. I guess that was expected.”
Necdet Koksal agreed: “All intellectuals and party leaders in Turkey are pleased with the outcome, so I hope it will benefit our country.”
Erdogan has a new pressing problem on Turkey’s borders as thousands of Syrians fleeing the violence continue to arrive on Turkish soil.