Region reacts to AK Party victory in Turkish elections

Hamas, Syrian opposition, Kurdish Regional Government congratulate Turkey’s AK Party for sweeping Sunday’s parliamentary polls

Region reacts to AK Party victory in Turkish elections



Official statements, mostly those congratulating Turkey’s Justice and Development (AK) Party on its electoral victory, poured into Ankara from around the world Monday.

Khaled Meshaal, head of Hamas’ political bureau, congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu -- the latter of whom leads the AK Party -- on the poll results, which effectively give the party a majority in the country’s parliament.

In a statement, Hamas said Meshaal had called both Erdogan and Davutoglu to convey the Palestinian group’s congratulations on Turkey’s “democratic” electoral environment.

Meshaal also expressed hope that the poll results would “contribute to Turkey’s development and stability” and “benefit the Palestinian people -- in their formidable struggle [against Israeli occupation] -- as well as the Turkish people”.

Egypt's Brotherhood congratulates AK Party on poll win

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood group congratulated Monday Turkey’s Justice and Development (AK) Party on its electoral victory, which will effectively restore the party’s parliamentary majority.

In a statement posted on Facebook, the Brotherhood said the results of Turkey’s election Sunday sent a "positive message to all those who support revolution, freedom and democracy".

"[Results] of the Turkish parliamentary polls are the best answer to the bloody putschists and enemies of democracy in Egypt and Syria; the Zionists; and the regional and international powers that oppose the will of free people," the group said.

The Egyptian government, for its part, has not commented on the results of Turkey’s election.

According to preliminary results, the AK Party secured 49.48 percent of the vote -- much more than had been predicted by pollsters -- giving it a wide majority (317 out of 550 seats) in parliament.

D-8 congratulates Turkish PM on election victory

Dr. Seyed Ali Mohammad Mousavi, secretary-general of the Developing-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation, or D-8, has congratulated Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, chairman of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) over its landslide electoral victory.

Mousavi said in a statement that the decisive result demonstrated a strong mandate from the people of Turkey “to AK Party to steer the nation to an enlightened future”.

He said the result was a reflection of the Turkish people’s aspirations for a strong government that would reshape Turkey’s position and role in the global interplay.

The AK Party clinched victory after securing over 49 percent of the vote in Sunday’s poll -- a rerun of June’s election that saw no party win a majority.

Mousavi also expressed his confidence that the new government would “emulate all its earlier records of development and emancipation”.

Addis Ababa, too, registered its pleasure with Turkey’s election results.

Expressing congratulations to the Turkish people, Ethiopian government spokesman Getachew Reda told Anadolu Agency: “Turkey is a very important country for peace worldwide. Stability in Turkey directly impacts peace in the Middle East and Europe.”

And in Tunis, Rached Ghannouchi, leader of the Ennahda Party, congratulated both Turkey and party leader Davutoglu, saying: “Today is an important day for the Arab Spring and democracy.”

According to Ennahda Party sources, Ghannouchi also called Turkey’s Erdogan to congratulate him on the AK Party’s victory in the country’s 26th general elections.

In Syria, meanwhile, 12 different opposition groups -- all of which oppose the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad -- likewise congratulated Turkey on the poll results.

“The AK Party’s victory is important in terms of the sensitive developments currently going on in the region,” the groups said in a joint statement.

They went on to call on “all countries to help the ongoing revolution [against the regime] in Syria”.

Groups that signed the congratulatory statement included the Sultan Murad Division; the Damascus Front; the Army of Mujahedeen; the Sahaba Brigades; and the Fastaqim Kama Umirt; among others.

In a separate message, a handful of other Syrian opposition groups -- including the Islamic Army and the First Brigade -- also congratulated the AK Party for regaining its parliamentary majority, going on to voice hope that Turkey would continue to “contribute to the region’s stability”.

And in northern Iraq’s Kurdish region, media organizations close to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) described Sunday’s general elections in Turkey as a “victory for the AK Party”.

According to preliminary results, the AK Party secured 49.48 percent of the vote -- much more than had been predicted by pollsters -- giving it a wide majority (317 out of 550 seats) in parliament.

Sunday’s vote was called following inconclusive elections in June, which saw no party win an outright majority. Almost five months of subsequent talks between parties failed to produce a coalition.

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