HDP clings to parliament despite losing one million votes

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) barely crosses 10 percent threshold to get into parliament and becomes third largest group despite losing one million votes

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Co-chairs of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtas (L) and Figen Yuksekdag hold a news conference in Ankara, Turkey on November 1 2015

Updated Nov 2, 2015

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) barely crossed the 10 percent to get into parliament as a party for the second time in the November 1 snap election.

HDP lost nearly one million votes with a decrease from six million 58 thousand votes on the June 7 election to five million 59 thousand votes on Sunday, with more than 99 percent of the votes counted.

The party’s vote share also dropped from 13.12 percent to 10.69 percent.

According to unofficial results, the HDP will have 59 deputies in parliament, also in a decrease from 80 seats it secured in the previous election.

Despite the decrease in the number of seats HDP gained, the party now becomes the third largest party in the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA).

''As parliament's third largest party, the country's every problem is HDP's problem and we will work towards resolving them. We will complete our insufficiencies and carry HDP to the 2019 elections stronger," HDP Co-chair Selahattin Demirtas said during a press conference following the election.

HDP will have a larger parliamentary group than the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) which managed to secure only 41 seats with 11.94 percent of the vote.

HDP vote share decreased in almost all provinces across the country including HDP strongholds like Agri, Van and Diyarbakir.

Eastern provinces of Bitlis, Bingol, Agri, Kars and Van were the places where HDP suffered the greatest losses.

In its stronghold of Diyarbakir, HDP’s vote share a decreased from 77.7 percent to 71.8 percent.

Vote losses in western provinces also hurt HDP, as the party lost its only deputies in Kocaeli, Bursa and Antalya provinces.

In Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul, that sends 88 deputies to parliament, HDP get seven seats, dropping from 11 it secured on the June 7 election.

Demirtas said “I would like to thank all the citizens who casted their votes today. We have always been respectful to the nations will and expected the same thing from others.”

TRTWorld and agencies