Turkey’s Erdogan Wins Majority Vote

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has described the outcome of a general election which swept his AK Party back to a parliamentary majority on Sunday as a victory for democracy. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

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.

Protesters throw stones at an armored police vehicle as they demonstrate against the results of a general election in Diyarbakir, Turkey November 1, 2015. Turkish police fired tear gas against protesters in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir on Sunday after an election that saw President Tayyip Erdogan's hold on the country tightened and the main pro-Kurdish party almost voted out of parliament. REUTERS/Stringer

Protesters in Turkey have demonstrated against the results of Sunday’s general election. REUTERS/Stringer

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.


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