Turkey’s Nov. 1 general election resulted in disappointment for main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) after barely increasing its votes, according to unofficial results.
Compared to the June 7 elections, CHP saw nearly a one percent rise in its votes by gaining 25.45 percent of the votes. The party also won 135 seats in Turkey’s 26th parliament, adding 4 more seats to its group.
The party become the first party in only six provinces out of 81, which are Edirne, Kirklareli, Tekirdag, Izmir, Aydin and Mugla.
However, CHP lost four of its stronghold provinces which were Eskisehir, Zonguldak, Mersin and Canakkale to governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) which won nearly half of the nation’s votes with 49.4 percent.
In the western province of Aydin where CHP is predominant, there will be a competition until the last vote to be counted. If CHP loses 2,237 votes to AK Party, Aydin may become the fifth stronghold CHP loses, considering they will both have an equal number of parliamentarians from the province.
CHP lost votes in 41 provinces
On the other hand, CHP saw a considerable amount of decrease of votes in 41 different provinces.
The left-wing party lost the majority of its votes in Rize, Ordu, Bolu, Samsun and Zonguldak.
Following the election results, the leader of CHP, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, canceled a meeting which was planned to take place in front of his party's headquarters in Ankara on the assumption that no party would gain a majority to form a one-party government.
Nevertheless, Kilicdaroglu held a press conference later in the night saying “The general election results have increased CHP’s responsibility. Changes to the Republican People’s Party are very positive and it will continue.”
He also added that he would not resign as a result of the election outcome.
According to the vote count so far, AK Party leads with 49.35 percent votes (316 parliamentary seats), followed by the CHP with 25.45 percent (135 seats).
The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) got 11.97 percent votes (41 seats), while the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) secured its position in parliament with 10.61 percent (59 seats).