EU praises 'strength' of Turkey's democracy

European Union says it 'looks forward' to strengthening relations with Turkey following Sunday's parliamentary elections

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The European Union has welcomed the results of Turkey’s general election held on Sunday, calling the close to 86 percent voter turnout a "clear sign of strength of the Turkish democracy."

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, said in a joint statement on Monday: "We now look forward to the swift formation of a new parliament and government, and to working together closely.

"The coming period offers opportunities for further strengthening the EU-Turkey relationship and to advance in broadening EU-Turkey cooperation in all fields, for the benefit of all our citizens."

"The fact that all major political parties obtained representation in the new parliament is particularly important," Mogherini and Hahn added.

In a written statement issued on Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan commented on election results saying  “The esteem of our nation is above everything else,” adding that the high turnout at the polls showed the “precious nation’s determination for democracy and for reflecting its will at the ballot box.”

More than 53.7 million Turks were eligible to vote in polls to elect 550 deputies to the Grand National Assembly on Sunday and the election turnout has been announced as 84 percent.

Turkey's Justice and Development Party (AK Party) won its fourth consecutive general election on Sunday but was not able to gain the majority needed to form a government.

The pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) passed the 10 percent threshold with 13 percent of the vote, entering the parliament for the first time as a political party.

The second place Republican People’s Party (CHP) secured 25.05 percent of vote while the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) gained 16.36 percent.

The election results signal the coalition government to be formed. But if the parliament fails to establish a new government within 45 days, an early election is inevitable.

Political party officials as well as prominent academicians and journalists started to commence discussions regarding likely coalition scenarios as election results had revealed on Sunday, however, the lack of formation of a coalition risks country’s hardly established stability and economic progress.

TRTWorld and agencies