Sweden reacts to Erdogan’s victory

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Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won a decisive victory in an election that will give him five more years in office with sweeping new powers.

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said that “Turkey is in no position to give other countries lessons in democracy when the (Kurdish) opposition leader has been in jail for a long time”.

She was referring to Erdogan’s victory speech in which he said the almost 90 percent voter turnout “taught the entire world a democracy lesson”.

“The Kurdish issue and the economic developments in Turkey pose a serious challenge. We’ve been worried about how Turkey has been developing recently…it’s very alarming,” she told public broadcaster SVT ahead of an EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg.

Asked whether Turkey would become more democratic with Erdogan bolstering his powers Wallstrom said: “I unfortunately do not have any great hopes but we have to give them a chance.

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