Erdogan supporters in Hamburg. Photo: DPA
The former leader of the Green party, Cem Özdemir, on Sunday compared the large number of Turkish citizens in Germany who voted for Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey's election to far-right voters.
“The Turkish-German Erdogan supporters arent only celebrating their dictator, they are also expressing their rejection of liberal democratic values – just like the AfD,” said Özdemir. “This should concern us all.”
Özdemir, who led the Green party into last years national election, was responding to news that a majority of Turkish citizens living in Germany had voted to elect Erdogan as president of Turkey in Sunday's election.
Roughly 1.4 million people in Germany are eligible to vote in the Turkish elections, making them a crucial source of votes for politicians in Ankara.
Erdogan scored a much better result among Turks living in Germany than he did domestically. After over 70 percent of the votes in Germany had been counted, the strongman had 65.8 percent of the vote share, clearly ahead of his nearest rival Muharrem İnce, with 21.5 percent of the vote in Germany.
Overall, Erdogan's win was much narrower. After 99 percent of the votes had been counted the long-time Turkish leader won 52.5 percent of the vote.
Özdemir said that a large vote swing against Erdogan showed that “many people in Turkey are sick of Erdogan and his regime of fear.”
“If this election had been in any way fair, Erdogan would have had to give up power.”
Serious questions were raised over the fairness of the vote in Turkey, which was also set to bring about major constitutional changes in Ankara, with the replacement of parliamentary democracy with a presidential system.