Turkish PM says victory belongs to all citizens

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says historic victory belongs to all Turkish citizens and is a 'victory day for democracy' during balcony speech to his supporters at party headquarters in Ankara after election

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Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu addresses supporters from balcony of Justice and Development Party headquarters after Turkish general election in Ankara, Turkey on November 2, 2015.

Updated Nov 4, 2015

Following the outcome of Turkey’s general election, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu attributed the victory to all Turkish citizens and described the Justice and Development Party’s (AK Party) success as a “victory day for democracy.”

In his party's "balcony speech," Davutoglu told thousands of supporters that he was talking to them not as the leader of the AK Party, but the prime minister of 78 million Turkish citizens. Afterwards he told all Turkish citizens that their democratic rights were safe under the AK Party. 

He said, "We are coming to establish a new Turkey with each and every citizen."

Prime Minister Davutoglu also called on Turkey's political parties to gather and discuss a new constitution.

"I am also calling on other party leaders to work together to form a new civilian national constitution," he said.

"Let's work together towards a Turkey where conflict, tension and polarisation are non-existent and everyone salutes each other in peace," he said and added, "We will make 78 million brothers, sisters and friends. This victory is not only our victory but also 78 million Turkish citizens victory.”

During his speech, Davutoglu also called on citizens to not to fall for any provocation, saying, "There is no loser in this election today. There is a winner and that is our nation, our republic and our democracy."

Turkey’s Justice and Development Party won the votes of nearly half the nation, increasing its percentage of the vote to 49.4 percent in the Nov. 1 snap election, up from the 40.8 percent it achieved in the June 7 general election, as support for the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) decreased in comparison with the previous election.

The AK Party gained 317 parliamentarians from among the 550 seats contested in 85 electoral districts, surpassing the 276 seats necessary to form a majority government.

With the landslide victory, the AK Party’s success comes close to what it achieved in the 2011 general election, where it won 49.8 percent of the vote.

The CHP collected 25.3 percent of the vote, the MHP won 11.9 percent while the HDP achieved 10.7 percent of the vote.

In Turkey’s 26th parliamentary election 57.7 million people voted in addition to nearly 2.9 million voters abroad.

In the November 1. general election at least 23.46 million people voted for the AK Party, an increase of around 4.5 million compared to the June 7 election in which the AK Party won 18.8 million votes.

Out of the 27 parties eligible to participate in the election 16 parties took part.

Although 18 parties submitted their candidate lists, one of them withdrew and another one was left out of election.

TRTWorld and agencies