AKP wins back majority
Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) has won back its majority which it lost in the 7th June general election.
In the second general election of the year, yesterday the centre-right Islamist AKP took 49.41% of the vote, up from 40.87% in June. That should give them around 316 (+58) of the 550 seats in the Grand National Assembly. Although the opinion polls had suggested that the results would be the same as for June, the surprise result in favour of the AKP may have been partly due to the increased insecurity in the country, the worsening economy as well as a judgement by the people that the three other parties were too divided to form a coalition.
The centre-left and secular Republican People’s Party (CHP) came second with 25.38% of the vote, up slightly on the 24.95% and 132 seats they took in June. They should get around 134 seats this time.
Although the nationalist right-wing Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) took 11.93% of the vote and 41 seats this is down on the 16.29% and 80 seats they won in June and leaves them 12 seats down on where they were at the start of the year.
The left-wing pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) just managed to get above the 10% threshold for representation again, taking 10.70% of the vote and 59 seats. This is down on the 13.12% and 80 seats they received in June but leaves Kurdish representation up by about 30 seats on where they were at the start of the year.
Turnout was 86.76% up on the June figure of 83.92%.