Erdogan’s triumph takes Turkey into the era of one-man rule

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, modern Turkey’s longest-serving ruler, won a mandate to govern with sweeping new powers after a double victory in presidential and parliamentary elections.
Erdogan had 53% of the presidential vote to 31% for his closest challenger, Muharrem Ince of the secular Republican People’s Party or CHP, according to government news agency Anadolu. The country’s electoral board hasn’t published official results yet, but it confirmed that Erdogan won. Official voting results will be announced on July 5.
“We must leave election tensions behind us,” Erdogan told a jubilant crowd of supporters in Istanbul. Then he flew to Ankara and delivered what’s become a traditional victory speech from a balcony in the capital, saying the country had voted “for growth, for development, for investment”. While Ince conceded, he disputed the vote count and called Erdogan’s regime a grave danger to democracy. He expressed concern that Turkey is “not going to be a society governed by institutions and rules”. The country was officially under emergency rule during the campaign, giving the government extensive powers to suppress dissent.
The results mark “the last step towards Turkey’s transformation into a one-man regime”, political-risk analyst Wolfango Piccoli said. Erdogan, who has governed since 2003, campaigned on the need for continuity in turbulent times. He’s presided over an economic boom that in recent months has threatened to turn into a bust. The currency plunged and capital fled as Erdogan fought with his own central bank, insisting against economic orthodoxy that interest rates need to be lowered.