A former İstanbul deputy from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) has called for an extraordinary party congress to elect a new leader due to the party's failure in Nov.1 elections, at the same time announcing his candidacy for chairperson of the CHP.
The Justice and Development Party (AKP), which has returned to power as a single-party government just five months after losing its majority in June, has drafted a timeline for its next steps - taking the upcoming G20 summit in southern Turkey into consideration.
Accordingly, members of new parliament will take their oath on Nov. 17, after the Supreme Election Board (YSK) announces the final official results of the Nov. 1 snap election on Nov. 12. Deputies will be therefore be taking their oaths after Turkey hosts the G20 leaders’ meeting in Antalya on Nov. 15-16.
Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Deputy Chairman and Spokesperson Ömer Çelik has said the whole nation is the winner of Sunday's vote, stressing the party will not seek “revenge” from its critics.
The Justice and Development Party (AKP) scored an unexpected success in the Nov. 1, making a strong comeback after losing nine percentage points in the June 7 general election. In what came as a surprising victory even to its own deputies, the AKP managed to mobilize voters both inside Turkey and abroad.
Here is a list of 10 factors explaining how the AKP won the elections by a landslide.
La izquierda kurda está inquieta por la mayoría absoluta islamista del domingo. "Empezaron una guerra, mataron a 500 personas y detuvieron a dos mil, quemaron bosques... Para nosotros esto fue un chantaje", critica, en conversación con EL MUNDO, el ex diputado del pro kurdo Partido Democrático de los Pueblos (HDP) Faysal Sariyildiz. Aunque el HDP entró en el parlamento, el Partido Justicia y Desarrollo (AKP), al que acusan de desestabilizar Turquía para ganar votos, venció. A pesar de su victoria, estos son los retos que debe asumir para devolver la estabilidad al país:
The White House on Nov 2 voiced displeasure at the "intimidation" of Turkish journalists during an election that bolstered the Justice and Development Party (AKP).
Just weeks before President Barack Obama meets his counterpart Erdoğan in Turkey, spokesman Josh Earnest said the White House was "deeply concerned that media outlets and individual journalists critical of the government were subject to pressure and intimidation during the campaign."
A number of factors come to the fore in analyses explaining what had changed since the June 7 elections which helped the AKP regain enough seats for single-party rule. Here are four reasons why the AKP garnered more than four million additional votes at the expense of the opposition parties.
1.Bahçeli’s negative attitude
The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) base did not support the negative attitude of its leader, Devlet Bahçeli, especially during the coalition talks with the AKP.
The European Union and Council of Europe have both underlined the high voter turnout during the Nov. 1 snap elections in statements issued a day after the polls, while expressing a desire to advance cooperation with Turkey on a number of issues.
EU High Representative and Vice-President Federica Mogherini and the EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn said in a joint written statement that the Nov. 1 snap elections in Turkey, which saw a turnout as high as 85 percent, “have reaffirmed the strong commitment of the Turkish people to democratic processes.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made a call on Nov. 2 for the whole world to respect the country’s parliamentary election result, which gave the Justice and Development Party (AKP) he founded nearly 50 percent of the vote.
Speaking to reporters after praying at a mosque in Istanbul, Erdoğan said Turks had voted for stability on Nov. 1 after the failure of coalition talks following a June vote.
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu called on Turkey's political parties to come together and agree a new constitution after his ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) regained its parliamentary majority at a general election on Sunday.
"I'm calling on all parties entering parliament to form a new civilian national constitution," he said in a balcony speech to thousands of AK Party supporters at the party headquarters in Ankara, as fireworks lit the sky.
As Turkey rushed to the polls in one of the most crucial elections in the history of the republic, reports of citizens in Southeast provinces being forced to vote under the surveillance of security personnel, fights breaking out in polling stations and electricity cuts fueled speculation of violations of election security.
Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu held a press conference to analyze the election results, saying the results put further responsibility on the shoulders of the CHP.
The leaders of Turkey's pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) have said that unfair election conditions and a deliberate policy of polarization by President Tayyip Erdoğan explain their drop-off in Sunday's parliamentary elections.
The HDP was forced to cancel election rallies following two deadly attacks on pro-Kurdish gatherings since July. Television stations gave party representatives little air-time amid government attacks branding the party as the political wing of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli, who denied claims that he stepped down as the MHP chairman following the election results, has said Sunday’s results do not change Turkey’s gloomy picture and that he will work for the goals of the party until his last breath.
A total of 12 small parties in the Nov. 1 general election failed to gain any seats in Parliament, as the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) regained the majority in a repeat parliamentary election on Sunday by winning 49 percent of the vote.
The Republican People’s Party (CHP), which had entertained hopes of making gains through a constructive election campaign, failed to increase its votes significantly in the Nov. 1 polls, remaining Turkey's main opposition party.