Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday the world should respect his Justice and Development Party's victory in snap parliamentary polls, which he described as the people of Turkey voting for stability.
The election Sunday returns Turkey to single-party rule just five months after the AKP lost its majority in parliament for the first time in more than a decade. The party won just under 50 percent of the vote to hold about 316 seats in the 550-member body.
The main opposition CHP party won just over 25 percent, a far wider margin of victory for the AKP than predicted.
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu expressed a desire for unity as he spoke to supporters in Ankara late Sunday. He called for "a new Turkey in which politics are normalized." READ THIS STORY ON VOA NEWS WEBSITE