The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) wins its fourth consecutive election victory in Turkey’s critical general election while pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) most likely enters parliament for the first time as party which signals the coalition government to be formed.
Turkey’s 25th parliamentary elections reveal the AK Party won victory by gaining majority of votes, but the possible entry of the HDP will bring other parties to become more involved in decision-making.
Ankara deputy of the HDP, Sirri Sureyya Onder talked to the press as the results near to be announced. Onder said: "Based on initial election results, we are on the verge of entering parliament and winning 80 seats."
According to current results, the AK Party is able to establish bilateral coalition government with other parties. Coalition of the other three parties except from the AK Party, is the other possibility.
In Turkey's tense political atmosphere, however, an early election seems more probable considering that the rivalry between the opposition parties may result in deadlock in formation of government.
If the parliament fails to establish a new government within 45 days, an early election is inevitable.
As of now, 93.1 percent of the ballot boxes have been accounted for and the AK Party has 41.7 percent of the votes, the Republican People’s Party (CHP) has 25.2 percent of the votes, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) has 16.8 percent while the HDP gained 11.8 percent of the votes.
AK Party votes remained steady
The votes of the AK Party remained steady for majority of Turkey, however, some eastern provinces such as Agri and Hakkari that voted for the AK Party in 2011 general elections turned their face to the HDP.
On 2011 general election, the AK Party won 49.9 percent of the votes while main opposition CHP received 25.9 percent of the votes as the nationalist party gathered 12.9 percent of the votes.
AK Party has 263 seats so far in the parliament as CHP gained 129 seats, MHP had 83 seats and HDP had 75 seats, initial results show.
As required by law, the ban on the publication of the general election results were lifted at 7:30pm.
The electoral prohibitions had started at 6:00pm on Saturday, finishing the propaganda term for politicians and parties.
More than 53 million Turkish voters headed to the polls on Sunday in one of the country’s most eagerly awaited general election in a decade.
The 174,240 polling stations opened at 8:00am local time (0600 GMT) and closed at 5:00 pm (1500 GMT) on Sunday.
According to the Foreign MInistry, 1,031,917 citizens - nearly a 36 percent of the overseas electorate - voted abroad at 122 embassies and consulates, which closed on last Sunday.
The votes from 33 ballot stations at airports and border crossings were collected after the polls closed on Sunday.
The vote will decide 550 deputies from among 20 political parties and 165 independent candidates to the Turkish Grand National Assembly, to represent 85 constituencies in 81 provinces for a four-year term.