YSK announces official results of presidential election


Turkey’s election authority announced on Friday official results from Sunday’s presidential election that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoIan won with a 51.79-percent vote.

The Supreme Election Board (YSK), however, declined to be dragged into a heated debate over whether the announcement of the official results means ErdoIan’s term as prime minister is over. Opposition deputies have been insisting that ErdoIan is violating the Constitution and thus, committing a crime by not resigning as prime minister, a parliamentarian and a member of his Justice and Development Party (AK Party), according to opposition party members and experts.

The Constitution requires that a person resign from the post and sever his or her ties with any political party upon being elected president.

Responding to a question on the opposition complaints, YSK Chairman Sadi Guven declined to comment, saying the Constitution states that the YSK is authorized on electoral matters only until the election process is completed. “The Constitution gives us no power in regards to post-election period,” he told reporters.

Guven gave the ErdoIan’s mandate to Parliament Speaker Cemil iek, who will pass it to the president-elect.

Meanwhile, iek said on Friday that they will convene the extraordinary session of the Parliament on Aug. 28, on the day when the president officially starts working.