The case of Andrew Brunson, a Christian pastor who had been in Turkey for more than two decades has become a cause celebre and Trump's administration has repeatedly demanded that he be freed. And the last one says: "Down with freedoms!"
In April 2017 in a referendum on constitutional amendments , Erdoğan succeeded in getting the project to have Turkey's parliamentary political system transformed into a tightly centralized presidential one endorsed by a mere 51.4 percent of the votes with less than 1.4 million votes margin. That marks a slight rise from 51.8% he won in presidential elections of August 2014.
Some 1.49 million expatriates voted in a 13-day period between June 7-19 at 123 Turkish missions overseas. There have been no reports of fraud from worldwide observers, at least so far.
Ince said Monday that he accepted the defeat in Sunday's election.
Erdogan called the election, with its almost 90 percent turnout, a lesson in democracy to the world.
With nearly all the votes counted, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won an absolute majority in the presidential election with 52.5 percent of the vote.
Turkey's pro-Kurdish party's jailed candidate has praised his party's success in winning seats in parliament despite "injustices". His party, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) lost its parliamentary majority but remained as the largest party with 295 seats in a parliament with six hundred seats.
With 96.0 percent of the parliamentary votes counted, the ruling party leads with 53.7 percent followed by the Nation Alliance with 34.1 percent.
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"We will never forget what they have done, what they have written", he wrote, accusing the journalists of an "exhaustive smear campaign" against the MHP.
Turkey has also begun a new offensive against Kurdish militias in Iraq, with which it also shares a border. That's a similar model to Putin's, and like under Putin, the Turkish economy has come under an increasing influence of the state and of Erdogan's cronies who get lucrative government contracts. There are already signs.
The national joy over the re-election of a man known best to the rest of the world for his authoritarian, sometimes despotic rule, is not surprising in a country where average schooling is a mere 6.5 years.
"The Prime Minister reiterated the importance of the bilateral relationship ... and expressed her desire to continue working in partnership with President Erdoğan and his government on our shared priorities, including security cooperation, trade and investment, the situation in Syria and supporting a political settlement in Cyprus", a statement said.
Pictured: Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan speaks at a campaign rally on June 23, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey.
Erdoğan won the election on June 24, becoming the first president of the new executive presidential system. Millions of anti-Erdoğan Turks are now terrified of the prospect of further torment under an Islamist-nationalist coalition show run by a president with effectively no checks and balances.
Yet the MHP still regards itself as the guardian of Turkey's ethnic identity as a Turkish state, opposes any compromise in the fight against Kurdish militants and backs a confrontational foreign policy.
Turkey began European Union membership talks in 2005, but the discussions have been at a standstill in recent years.