Turkey’s Justice Minister says all is well in AK Party

The party goes through a healthy process. The ones who expect any troubles in our party will be disappointed as usual, says Bekir Bozdag

The party goes through a healthy process. The ones who expect any troubles in our party will be disappointed as usual, says Bekir Bozdag

ANKARA – Countering critics who say that Turkey's ruling AK Party will lose its focus after its leader and Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, leaves to take over the presidency in two weeks time, AK Party Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said; "All's well with the party".

Speaking ahead of party’s Central Executive Committee meeting on Monday Bozdag said; "The ones who expect any troubles in our party will be disappointed as usual".

AK Party Chairman and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan won the presidential election held Sunday with an absolute majority in the first round.

Evaluating the results of presidential election to press reporters Bozdag said, “The votes given to the joint candidate of the opposition Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu – former Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation – were actually the core votes of the opposition Republican People's Party and Nationalist Movement Party and not for any individual. Therefore it can be evaluated as a success or failure of those parties.”

Erdogan was elected Sunday securing 51.96 percent of the vote, according to unofficial counts. Without giving the exact numbers, the Supreme Election Board confirmed late Sunday that Erdogan had won outright, making a scheduled Aug. 24 run-off election unnecessary. 

The victory consolidates Erdogan's hold on power after a 12-year tenure as prime minister. Erdogan will succeed Abdullah Gul to the presidency on August 28. He will be Turkey's head of state for the next 5 years.

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