BY Staff Reporter
ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Nov. 2) Turkey’s election results were announced late Sunday night and President Recep Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) won the snap elections in a landslide victory.
Preliminary results projected a majority win by AKP with 49.4 percent of the vote, giving it 315 out of 550 seats in parliament.The main opposition Republican People’s Party slightly improved from its June performance with 25.4 percent and 134 seats.
Nationalist Movement Party received approximately 11% of the votes, securing 40 seats.
Pro-Kurdish opposition People’s Democratic Party (HDP) received nearly 10 percent of the votes, enough to secure 59 seats in the Turkish parliament.
HDP’s leaders declared the results a victory for the people, adding that the “hardships” faced by them – including 500 workers arrested prior to elections – made campaigning nearly impossible.
Following the election results, protests broke out in Turkey’s main Kurdish city of Diyarbakir. Demonstrators threw stones and blocked roads, which prompted security forces to use tear gas and rubber bullets.
President Erdogan has called upon the world to respect the results of the election, and called the outcome a ‘vote for stability.’
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called on Turkish political parties to form a new civilian national constitution, calling for stability, peace and non-polarisation.
Turkey’s Higher Election Board has announced that official election results will be published within the next two weeks.