June 25, 2018 / 10:59 AM / 2 months ago

EU Commission says hopes Turkey will stay committed partner after vote

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission said on Monday it hoped Turkey would remain a committed partner after an election which gave President Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new executive powers.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan greets his supporters from the balcony of his ruling AK Party headquarters in Ankara, Turkey, early June 25, 2018. Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS

With virtually all votes counted, Erdogan took 53 percent of the vote while in the parliamentary vote his AK Party took 42.5 percent and its MHP nationalist allies secured 11 percent, outstripping expectations.

“We hope that under President Erdogan’s leadership Turkey will remain a committed partner for the European Union on major issues of common interest such as migration, security, regional stability and the fight against terrorism,” a spokesman for the European Commission told a regular briefing.

Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek

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