ISTANBUL – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is hailing a big victory for his ruling party in the country's parliamentary election and demanding that world respect the result.
The ruling Justice and Development party, or AKP, won more than 49 percent of the vote in the election Sunday, almost double that of the next party. The win restored the party's single-party majority that it had lost in a June election.
Speaking after attending prayers at a mosque and visiting his parents' graves Monday, Erdogan said: "The whole world must show respect. So far I haven't seen such a maturity from the world."
Erdogan had called for a new election after Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu failed to form a coalition with any of the three opposition parties in parliament after the June vote.