Abroad voters choose AK Party

More than half of eligible Turkish voters living abroad decide on AK Party government to lead Turkey for next four years

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

A Turkish citizen living abroad casts his vote in an election center outside Turkey.

Turkish citizens living abroad largely chose the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) to govern Turkey for next four years, with the number of such voters voting for the party increased from the June 7 election.

The AK Party won 55.56 percent of the vote from abroad, followed by the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) with 19.85 percent, the Republican People’s Party (CHP) with 15.51 percent, and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) with 6.94 percent.

The turnout for Turkish citizens living abroad increased by 233,000 for the November 1 election compared to the June 7 election, in which around 1,031,000 citizens abroad participated, according to Turkey’s Supreme Election Council (YSK).

The highest proportion of the vote for the AK Party in a foreign country was in Lebanon with 87,73 percent, which was followed by the Netherlands with 69.54 percent and Belgium with 69.32 percent.

Another European country, Austria, followed the trio with 68.84 percent, ahead of Jordan with 66.33 percent, the YSK said.

The election council also announced the countries with the lowest percentage of the vote for the AK Party which were Thailand with 6,69 percent followed by Spain with 7.71 percent. 

The YSK also said the United Arabic Emirates followed with 11.39 percent while 18.36 percent of the Turkish voters living in the US voted for the AK Party followed by Qatar with 18.63.

Abroad voting began on October 8 in 113 locations across 54 countries, and ended on Sunday.