Germany pleased by Turkey’s peaceful election outcome

Germay welcomes peaceful atmosphere of Turkey’s 26th term parliamentary elections noting that governing AK party’s victory is to be respected

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
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German government spokesman Steffen Seibert seen at a news conference of Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, July 18, 2014.

The German government on Monday welcomed the peaceful election rerun in Turkey, in which the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) was elected to govern the country for the next four years.

"We welcome the fact that yesterday's parliamentary elections were peaceful," said German government spokesman Steffen Seibert, during a news conference. 

Seibert added that Turkey must now work towards reducing the terror threats it faces from DAESH, PKK terrorists and looming Syrian crisis on its border. 

Germany’s Foreign Ministry, acknowledging the governing AK Party’s landslide victory in the Nov.1 snap election, said "We take note of the result of the election with respect."

In Turkey’s 26th parliamentary election, 57.7 million people have voted in addition to the nearly 2.9 million voters from abroad.

The AK Party won half of the nation's votes, as its votes climbed to 49.4 percent from 40.8 percent in the June 7 elections.

The Republican People's Party (CHP) collected 25.3 percent of the votes, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) had 11.9 percent while Peoples Democratic Party (HDP) had 10.7 percent of the votes. 

The highest proportion of the vote for the AK Party in a foreign country was in Lebanon with 87.7 percent, which was followed by the Netherlands with 69.54 percent and Belgium with 69.3 percent.

Meanwhile, Dutch politician Geert Wilders who was not pleased with the election outcome, called out to the Turkish citizens living in Netherlands who voted to for the AK Party and told them to return back to their country. 

Wilders, addressing Turkish voters through his Twitter account said “ Turks in the Netherlands who voted for dictator Erdogan’s party, go back to Turkey and enjoy Islamofascism!”

Wilders, founder and leader of the Party of Freedom, established in 2006, is notorious for his extreme contempt of Islam and Muslims. He has stated however, that he does not “hate Muslims” but “hates Islam.”

TRTWorld and agencies