AK Party’s Rebirth: 50 pct of voters hands mandate to govern

Turkey’s AK Party increases votes by almost ten percent, brings AK Party landslide victory

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Crowd that gathered outside Justice and Development Party offices in Istanbul celebrate landslide victory on after Nov. 1 snap elections

Turkey’s Justice and Development Party ( AK Party) wins half of the nation’s votes, increasing its votes to 49.4 percent on the Nov. 1 snap election, up from 40.8 percent outcome of the June 7 general election, as support to the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) decreases in comparison to the previous election.

Among the 550 seats voted in 85 electoral districts, AK Party gained 316 parliamentarians giving AK Party the authority to form a majority government as 98.4 percent of the ballot boxes have been opened nationwide.  

276 seats are needed for a single party government.

With the landslide victory, AK Party’s success came close to the percentage of votes they reached in the 2011 general election, which was 49.8 percent.

With the standing results, CHP collected 25.2 percent of the votes, MHP had 12 percent while HDP had 10.6 percent of the votes. 

As crowds eagerly await AK Party leader Ahmet Davutoglu’s speech, he was the first one to react to the outcome of the votes amongst all the politicians saying, ''Thanks to God'' after his party's landslide victory was confirmed after the majority of the votes were counted.  

Davutoglu praised the determination of AK Party voters and thanked all voters saying that, "The victory belongs to entire nation." 

Davutoglu called on citizens to not to fall for any provocation, emphasising that "there is no loser in this election today. There is a winner and that is our nation, our republic and our democracy." 

Comparing the results with the June 7 election, AK Party gained the majority of votes in four cities which were Eskisehir, Zonguldak, Mersin and Canakkale, in where the Republican People’s Party (CHP) previously had the majority of votes.

AK Party snatched the eastern provinces of Ardahan and Kars from HDP.

AK Party also regained the majority of votes from the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) in southern Osmaniye province which is the hometown of MHP leader Devlet Bahceli.

HDP, which had exceeded the election threshold of ten percent on the June 7 election and was able to enter parliament, was greatly disappointed, especially after seeing their major losses in the eastern provinces and due to their struggle to stay over the threshold.

In the eastern province of Mus, the votes for HDP declined by 24 percent, while it went down by 15 percent in Bingol, 13 percent in Van,12 percent in Agri and Kars.

HDP also failed to bring out parliamentarians in the provinces of Ankara, Bursa, Kocaeli and Antalya, which it had previously put forth one deputy from each of these provinces after the June 7 election.

HDP’s co-chair Figen Yuksekdag had recently said that party’s “new election threshold is 13.1 percent” for the Nov. 1 election. 

However, HDP interpreted the election results as a "victory" as stated by the HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtas who said, "We are now the third party in the parliament" in a press meeting after the election. 

''As the parliament's third largest party, country's every problem is HDP's problem and we will work towards resolving them. We will compelete our insufficiencies and carry HDP to 2019 elections stronger," he said, noting a compherensive evaluation would be released in following days. 

In comments during a TV program on CNN Turk, the Director of Bahcesehir University's Center for Economic and Social Research (BETAM), Seyfettin Gursel said, “With this election, PKK’s domination has ended in the eastern Turkey.”

The result indicated that the majority of society was in support of AK Party in standing against terror threats on Turkey.

The attacks of terrorist organisation PKK have killed 148 security officials and over 30 civilians in Turkey since the group’s umbrella organisation, the KCK, unilaterally ended a two and half year-long ceasefire with the government on July 11, almost a month after the June 7 election when HDP entered parliament.

HDP is closely associated with the terrorist PKK.

In addition, the country came under an increasing number of attacks by DAESH which carried out terror attacks that killed nearly 150 citizens in the country.

In the meantime, votes for AK Party in provinces of Adiyaman, Bingol, Kayseri, Kutahya, Trabzon, Sakarya, Gumushane, Cankiri, Sivas, Erzurum, Malatya, Duzce, Aksaray, Kahramanmaras, Konya and Rize have all increased.

Besides AK Party’s 40.8 percent, CHP had 24.95 percent, MHP had 16.29 percent while HDP had 13.12 percent of the votes on the June 7 election.

When half of the ballot boxes were opened nationwide, AK Party had 52.5 percent of the votes, CHP had 21.4 percent, MHP had 11 percent while HDP had 11.4 percent of the votes.

In Turkey’s 26th term parliamentary election, 57.7 million people have voted in addition to nearly 2.9 million voters abroad.

Out of the 27 eligible parties to participate in the election,16 parties raced in the election.

Although 18 parties had submitted their candidate lists, one of them withdrew and another one was left out of election.


TRTWorld and agencies