Deputy PM: AK Party must be stronger in next election

Turkish deputy PM Bulent Arinc says ruling AK Party must be stronger by next election after losing majority

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Speaking to reporters after attending an art exhibition on Tuesday in the Turkish capital Ankara, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said that the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) must become stronger by the next elections following disappointing results for the party in Sunday's parliamentary elections.

"Just as we thanked our people for bringing us to power with [almost] 50% [of the votes in 2011 election], we should also respect their decision in this election, although it may be an upsetting outcome," Arinc said.

Despite the AK Party coming in first for the fourth consecutive time, securing the largest proportion of votes with 41 percent and claiming 258 seats in the Grand National Assembly, the party was 18 seats short of a simple majority.

"We need to examine the factors which led to this outcome, and act accordingly. Because we are destined to be in power. We must be in power," Arinc said, adding that the AK Party had long-term goals for Turkey.

"It is our duty to fulfill these [goals]. Therefore, the AK Party must get stronger than before in the first upcoming election," he added, stressing that he was not referring to an early election.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accepted the cabinet's resignation submitted by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Tuesday, but the cabinet was asked to continue its duties until the formation of a new government, presidential sources said.

The Republican People’s Party (CHP) came second with 132 deputies elected to parliament while the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) both won 80 seats each.

The voter turnout in Sunday's election was 86.63 percent. Although the initial count has been completed, the figures need to be verified by the Supreme Election Council, which is a process due by June 19.

Once the final results are announced, the initiatives to form a new Turkish government will start.

TRTWorld and agencies