President Erdogan says Turkey chose stability on Nov. 1

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says national will was shown to be in favour of stability in Nov.1 election

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan talks with citizens after performing dawn prayer at Eyup Sultan Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey on November 02, 2015.

Updated Nov 3, 2015

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Turkey’s national will was "manifested" to be in favor of stability over uncertainty on Nov. 1 election, breaking the political deadlock which emerged following the June 7 election.

The Justice and Development Party (AK Party), which Erdogan founded and has long led, won almost half of the nation’s votes in Turkey's Nov. 1 snap election, increasing its proportion of the vote to 49.5 percent up from 40.8 percent in the June 7 general election.

Among the 550 seats contested in 85 electoral districts the AK Party gained 317 parliamentarians, giving it the ability to form a single-party government as almost all of the ballot boxes have been opened nationwide.

The main opposition leftist Republican People’s Party (CHP) collected 25.3 percent of the vote, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) won 11.9 percent of the vote while Peoples’s Democratic Party (HDP) won 10.7 percent of the vote.

Erdogan spoke regarding the results of the Nov. 1 election on Monday morning after he prayed in the Eyup Sultan Mosque, one of the most respected religious sites in Istanbul, where Eyup al-Ansari, a close associate of the Prophet Muhammed, is said to have been buried.

Erdogan said, in a reply to a question from standing press members, the outcome is the reaction to a process which began on June 7 with inconclusive election results and followed with unsuccessful coalition talks among the four parties who were able to pass the election threshold of 10 percent in the previous election.

He stated, "The national will is the eventual determinator [of these kinds of deadlocks] in our political world and it has been manifested in favor of stability as of Nov. 1. The short-term developments [since June 7] have indicated to the national will ‘there is no way but stability.’"   

"You see that huge conspiracies have been in play against us, so we need to claim our country from east to west and north to south," he said.

"I have always stated that we need ‘one nation, one flag, one country, one state.’ These four topics are virtually indispensable for us. We also need to enrich and strengthen them in response to the conspiracies by claiming [these principles]," he added.  

Erdogan has also criticised the global media, most of which covered Erdogan and the AK Party negatively before the elections, questioning its integrity. He asked “Why do they not respect national will?”

He said that the AK Party has come to power with almost half of the country’s votes. “Therefore, the world needs to respect [the results].”

He has also praised the maturity of Turkey’s voting process.

Erdogan declared previously that the Nov. 1 election would be a "breaking point" for the country and people need to make a choice between chaos and stability if Turkey does not wish to face the problems it has faced since the June 7 election.

Erdogan was the main force in 2001 in establishing the AK Party, which has won four consecutive parliamentary elections since November 2002 including the latest Nov. 1 election, and has been the primary Turkish political actor for more than a decade.

He became the first publicly elected Turkish president on August 10, 2014.

TRTWorld and agencies