AKP Wins Majority of Seats - Major Victory for Erdogan
AKP: 316 seats (57%); 49.9% of popular votes
CHP: 133 seats (24%); 25.3% of popular votes
HDP: 59 seats (11%); 10% of popular votes
MHP: 42 seats (8%); 12% of popular votes
The turnout in today's election was at 86.68%, the biggest ever in Turkish history. APK regained the 9% votes it lost in June, CHP remained the same and MHP crashed. The pro-Kurdish HDP makes it into parliament, as in June.
The outright victory by AKP allows Erdogan's party to form the new government without forming a coalition. The surprising results ran against recent opinion polls that predicted AKP to be unable to receive a majority. The polls probably did not predict the unprecedented turnout in today's election.
Turkey votes today in its most crucial election in years. Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost its parliamentary majority in June for the first time in 13 years of single-party rule and then failed to form a coalition government, forcing the new election.
A total of 54 million Turks are registered to vote. The opinion polls were predicting a replay of June’s election, with AKP receiving some 40 to 43 percent of the vote. All eyes were on the People’s Democratic Party (HDP), which made history in June when it became the first pro-Kurdish movement in parliament and gained enough seats to block an AKP majority.
If the final results show an outright majority for AKP, indicated by early returns, Erdogan could form a government without the need to form a coalition. It is not known if he would still try to form a coalition government with the Republican People’s Party (CHP), a Kemalist, social-democratic party, Turkey’s oldest political party. A more broad-based government would ease political instability in a country polarized along ethnic and sectarian lines with a faltering economy.
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