Turkey Leader Erdogan's Islamist-Rooted AKP Wins Election
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday the nation had voted for stability in a parliamentary election that saw his Islamist-rooted party triumph.
Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development party, or AKP, won more than 49 percent of the vote in Sunday's election, almost double that of the next party. The win restored the party's single-party majority that it had lost in a June poll.
Speaking after attending prayers at a mosque and visiting his parents' graves Monday, Erdogan said: "Now a party with some 50 percent in Turkey has attained power ... The whole world must show respect. So far I haven't seen such a maturity from the world."
Erdogan added that the outcome was a message to Kurdish insurgents in the country's restive southeast that violence could not coexist with democracy.
The outcome could aggravate deep splits in Turkey between pious conservatives who champion Erdogan as a hero of the working class, and Western-facing secularists suspicious of his authoritarianism and Islamist ideals.