Turkey’s opposition admits astonishment with election result

Turkey’s opposition parties try to come to terms with unexpected results from election after incumbent AK Party won decisive majority in parliament following Nov.1 election

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Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu attends a press conference after the preliminary results of Turkey’s 26th general election in Ankara, Turkey on November 01, 2015.

Updated Nov 4, 2015

Turkey’s opposition parties have been doing damage-control, after incumbent Justice and Development Party (AK Party) won a decisive victory and gained parliamentary majority in the Nov. 1 snap elections, which they say came "unexpectedly."

AK Party won almost half of the nation’s votes, increasing its votes to 49.5 percent in the Nov. 1 snap election, up from 40.8 percent in the June 7 general election.

Among the 550 parliament seats voted for in 85 electoral districts, AK Party gained 317 parliamentarians, giving the party the authority to form a single-party government, as almost all of the ballot boxes have been opened nationwide.

With the standing results, main opposition leftist Republican People’s Party (CHP) collected 25.3 percent of the votes, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) had 11.9 percent while Peoples’s Democratic Party (HDP) had 10.7 percent of the votes.

Opposition parties have claimed that the “extraordinary situation” in the country is to blame for their respective failures, after they received disappointing results in the election.

Namik Havutca, CHP deputy from Turkey’s Balikesir Province, has stated that his party is astonished and could not make sense of the results.

“The election results have saddened us. We, as the CHP, have received votes much less than what we expected, while the AK Party has received much more votes than we anticipated. We have virtually been in a state of shock,” he said.

“Though there have been much negativity and chaos in Turkey, if the current state of the country could be presented as a success story [by the AK Party], then, it means chaos brings success to this country,” he added.  

CHP has increased its votes by 0.5 percent compared to the previous election on June 7, while the AK Party has increased its votes by nearly nine percent.

The HDP deputies are also trying to come to terms with their election results, HDP's votes have decreased by more than two percent nationwide.

HDP deputy Ertugrul Kurkcu, from Turkey’s western province of Izmir, claimed that the votes they lost from his "party passed to AK Party rather than CHP."

He said that transition among the votes took place, when the supporters of the MHP voted for CHP in order to punish the MHP leader Devlet Bahceli.

HDP’s votes in Izmir decreased from 10.3 to 8.6 percent, compared to the previous election on June 7.

Kurkcu said that his party lost 30,000 votes, however, his party still had success maintaining the two deputies from Izmir in the parliament.

He said that ‘’Our loss is not a massive one in the big regions which have millions of voters. We always made plans for progress, so now we should only dwell on the roots of the results.’’

‘’We still have the majority of votes in Koprubasi [region] in Izmir and will move on from here,” he added.

As to the HDP barely crossing the election threshold of 10 percent to get into parliament, Kurkcu claimed his party did not run in the elections "under equal conditions with the other parties."

Remarkably, MHP leader Devlet Bahceli, whose party’s votes have been the most to decline in the Nov.1 elections  compared to the other opposition parties, rejected any possibility that his party leadership committed any mistakes during the coalition talks or in terms of formatting and conducting its election strategy following the June 7 election.

Bahceli has claimed that “No results could change the sorrowful picture in which Turkey has been suffering,” in a written statement released following the elections results, which illustrated that the AK Party is a clear winner.

Bahceli declared and claimed that "every vote which has given to the AK Party will invite more disasters,” creating an environment which will make voters long for the past years. 

TRTWorld and agencies