What does the Turkish election mean for Turks and the world?

Supporters at Mr Erdogan's rally

Supporters at Mr Erdogan's rally

President of Turkey and leader of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) greets the crowd from the balcony of the ruling AK Party's headquarters following his election success in presidential and parliamentary elections in Ankara, Turkey on June 25, 2018.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won sweeping new executive powers after his victory in landmark elections on Sunday.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday declared victory in Turkey's presidential election after unofficial results showed that he had won 52.6 percent of the vote.

"The nation has entrusted to me the responsibility of the presidency and the executive duty", Erdogan said in televised remarks from Istanbul after a near-complete count carried by the state-run Anadolu news agency gave him the majority needed to avoid a runoff.

Earlier on Monday, Erdogan's main rival Muharrem Ince conceded defeat and said he accepted the election results, despite an "unjust" campaign. "I accept the results of the elections".

The AKP won 293 seats in the 600 MP chamber but the MHP did far better than expected, winning 50 seats and giving their alliance a clear majority, according to results published by Anadolu.

Erdogan, whose victory was wider than predicted by many analysts, vowed to "rapidly" implement the new presidential system agreed in an April 2017 referendum. The pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party has 11.2 percent, passing the 10 percent threshold to enter into the assembly.

The CHP's candidate for the presidential race came in second with 30.6 percent of the vote.

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"We encourage all of Turkey's elected representatives, including President Erdogan, to represent the diverse views of all of Turkey's citizens and to strengthen Turkey's democracy".

While his supporters never thought a second round presidential vote would be anything but a foregone conclusion, they hoped Ince could capture enough of the vote to force one to happen - or even win the first round. Instead, Mr Erdogan claimed victory in the early hours of Monday morning with 53 per cent of the vote.

An unexpectedly strong showing by the AK Party's alliance partner, the nationalist MHP, could translate into a stable parliamentary majority Erdogan seeks to govern freely.

Up to half a million election monitors were deployed to polling stations by opposition parties and NGOs concerned about fraud allegations in the vote. It has cut off links with the parliamentary system.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said Erdogan had benefited from excessive media coverage and raised questions about the transparency of the vote. The E.U. Council will discuss relations with Turkey later this week, balancing the need for collective action on migration flows with concern about democratic backsliding.

Following the failed coup, Turkey has been under a state of emergency for almost two years and has seen a widespread crackdown on alleged supporters of Gulen. But after a failed coup attempt in 2016, the illiberal trend accelerated. One of the first tests will be on whether to lift emergency rule, which will say a great deal about where Erdoğan and the new parliament stand on the crucial issues of democracy and rule of law.

As Turkey's democracy backslides, its European Union accession seems ever further away; however, Turkey will not want to lose European Union investment and trade and the West will not sacrifice the geostrategic importance of the country so relations, although perhaps strained, seem set to continue. The election timing could have been at least partly motivated by a desire to secure more power before the effects of an overheating economy, high inflation, and crumbling currency are felt by Turkish households and businesses.