MHP loses big in Turkish snap elections

One of Turkey's main opposition parties, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) loses votes and becomes 4th party of Turkish parliament following outcome of November 1 election

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MHP leader Devlet Bahceli

Updated Nov 2, 2015

Turkey held its snap election on November 1 following failed coalition talks after the June 7 election. The country and regions future has resulted with Turkey’s AK Party gaining majority of seats in the Turkish Parliament. However, one of the main opposition party’s, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) has lost the most amount of seats when compared to the other parties.

MHP’s votes dropped from 16 percent to 11.9 percent when compared to the June 7 election, losing one forth of the votes - approximately two million votes out of the 7.5 million votes it gained from previous elections - and nearly half of it’s representatives in parliament.

According to the latest election outcome, the biggest decrease of MHP’s gain happened in Kilis, in southern Turkey. The votes decreased from 35 percent to 18.2 percent.


MHP head, Devlet Bahceli made statements following the outcome of the election became clear.

"All members of MHP will stay in their positions with patience, self-abnegation and belief,” he said.

“Our love for the country and nation will continue without any decrement and we will go on defend Turkey’s advantages over its rights and historic profit. Our determination is unlimited, ” Bahceli added.

MHP has lost votes from one of its strongholds, Osmaniye province. The birth place of the party’s head, Devlet Bahceli, has lost 6.9 percent of his votes in Osmaniye, dropping his vote gain from the June 7 election from 41.8 percent to 34.1 percent. According to these results, MHP only has two representatives from the province. 

TRTWorld and agencies