Erdoğan and AKP come out on top in local polls


Voters appear to have given Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) the benefit of the doubt over recent corruption allegations, leaked tapes and the autocratic style of the prime minister. Indeed, they appear to have given him a seal of approval.

Figures are still being released as ballot boxes are counted but latest figures suggest that the AKP will get 45.56% of the vote, up from 38.8% in the 2009 poll. The two main opposition parties, the Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) were on 27.91% and 15.16% respectively. The Kurdish Nationalist party, the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), swept the polls in the south-east of Turkey but nationwide their vote was 4.1%.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is now expected to put his name forward for the 10th August presidential election as a candidate.

Shortly after the polls closed yesterday Justice and Development Party (AKP) MP, Ahmet Öksüzkaya, announced via his Twitter account that he was leaving the party. The Hurriyet Daily News quotes the MP as saying “I am sadly seeing that my personal views on democracy, law and consensus do not correspond with my party’s policies”.

The AKP has now lost 10 MPs in recent months.

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