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This article covers the aftermath of the Elections in Turkey. Recently Elections in Turkey were held in March 2019. As an important middle east player,  elections in Turkey are of great importance for the international community. The situation in Iraq and Syria are directly or indirectly dependent on Turkey.

The justice and development party (AK part) came first in turkeys local elections. The elections were held on March 31, 2019. AK party got 16 percent more votes than its if the closest rival, the Republican People’s Party (CHP). The People’s Alliance, which won 51.7 percent of the vote with the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), its Alliance partner, overwhelmingly surpassed the alliance of the CHP the, the good party (IP) and Felicity Party (SP) which won 38 percent of the vote. In addition, the AK Party won peoples, Democratic Party (HDP) strongholds such as Bitlis, Sirnak, and Agri, and boosted its power in Kurdish- majority cities. This also showed the approval of the policies of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdgon has been recently carrying out a strong struggle against the people protection units(YPG), a PKK offshoot.

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While HDP votes declined in all Kurdish majority provinces, AK party votes were on the rise. At the same time, however, it is time for the AK Party e, which lost metropolises Antalya, Adana and the capital Ankara, to adopt new discourse and policy in Metropolises. At the moment, everyone has been watching to whom favor will the 0.002 percent difference between the AK party and the CHP will end up.

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After the AK party’s applications, incorrect vote entries in the system by ballot box numbers or votes that were unfairly canceled are being corrected in some districts of Istanbul. In other words, the recounting process continues at the district election board that accepted the AK Party’s e appeals. There are also districts such as Beyoglu and Beylikduzu which did not accept the counting. During the recounting process, each party had its own watchdogs.

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On the other hand, the CHP has requested recounting in some districts such as Sancaktepe or in some provinces such as Bursa where The Lost, and votes are being recounted accordingly. In this Re counting process, the majority of the votes sometimes turn out to be for the CHP’s the candidate and sometimes for the AK party’s candidate. For instance, as CHP Kadikoy district chairman, said, ” 425 votes have been added to the CHP the candidate in accounting.”

What is hard to understand is that US or German authorities press Turkey to accept the result. While the recounting process continues in some other provinces of Turkey, and it is an ordinary legal process which is resorted to in a number of elections, from the US presidential elections to European elections.

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What Al Gore said during the recounting process in the state of Florida in the 2000 US presidential elections applies to turkey today. He said that ignoring the votes means ignoring democracy itself.

As a matter of fact, AK party e candidate Binali Yildirim stated that he would be the first person to congratulate the CHP candidate if he lost as a result of-of the recounting, adding,” whether they have voted for us or not, it is my conscientious responsibility to make sure that the votes of each of my fellow citizens have been delivered to the right place.”

Every election is a reaffirmation of democracy. Although results are not predictable in a country like Turkey where the electoral turnout is over 85 percent and whose fair and transparent electoral system is accepted by international watchdogs as well, there is one thing certain: President Erdogan has a mandate until 2023 e and turkey will have a four-year election-free period. This is an excellent opportunity for Turkey to achieve its foreign policy goals as well as peace in Syria and to focus on domestic issues, especially economic reforms.