AKP wins Turkey election

AKP wins Turkey election


Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has won a critical parliamentary election, regaining the majority it lost in June.With almost all ballots counted, state-run Anadolu Agency said AKP had won 49.4% of the vote, with the main opposition CHP on 25.4%.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said voters had “shown that they prefer action and development to controversy”.The pro-Kurdish HDP crossed the 10% threshold needed to claim seats.The nationalist MHP will also take seats in Ankara.In a statement, Mr Erdogan said the electorate had “given proof of their strong desire for the unity and integrity” of Turkey.Polls had indicated the AKP would receive only between 40-43% of the vote, in line with how it fared in June when it lost its majority for the first time in 13 years.Attempts to form a coalition government after the June election failed.With almost all of the results counted, the AKP had won substantially more than the 276 seats needed to get a majority, allowing it to form a government on its own.However, it fell 14 seats short of the amount needed to call a referendum on changing the constitution and increasing the powers of the president, AKP founder Recep Tayyip Erdogan.And with 60 more seats, the government would have been able to bring in those changes without a referendum.The AKP’s opponents had said the vote was a chance to curb what it sees as the increasingly authoritarian tendencies of Mr Erdogan.

After its shock landslide victory, the AK Party today begins the process of forming a new government, regaining the majority it lost in the election in June.It almost equalled its best ever result, swaying voters with its message of stability after weeks of violence with the PKK Kurdish rebels.There is now the hope that the two sides may be spurred to return to peace talks.The Turkish currency, the lira, has rallied after a shaky few months but an economic crisis could still loom.There are also fears that the political polarisation stoked by President Erdogan could deepen and a clampdown on free speech worsen as the AK Party feels emboldened.The election is over. But turbulent times lie ahead.


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