Tusiad Business Group Calls on Turkey’s Gov’t to Reform

Kurdish demonstrators throw stones at an armored police vehicle. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

ISTANBUL, Nov 2 (Reuters) Turkey’s largest business group Tusiad said on Monday the ruling AK Party should quickly implement political reforms after it won a strong parliamentary majority in an election on Sunday.

The government should also strengthen the European Union accession process, expand freedoms and democracy and end social polarization, Tusiad said in an e-mailed statement, after four elections since March 2014.

Tusiad has on occasion clashed with President Tayyip Erdogan over his economic and political stances.

Erdogan called on Monday for the whole world to respect the country’s parliamentary election result which gave the party he founded nearly 50 percent of the vote.

Speaking to reporters after praying at a mosque in Istanbul, Erdogan said Turks had voted for stability after the failure of coalition talks following a June vote.

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