Erdoğan declares victory – Kurdish party passes electoral threshold to keep seats in parliament

President Erdoğan declares election victory. “According to unofficial results, our nation has given us the duty of presidency and the head of executive branch, while giving a majority to our People’s Alliance, which is a great responsibility,” he said. Thanking his supporters, Erdoğan also congratulated other presidential and MP candidates. “I hope no one will try to cast a shadow on the elections to cover up their failure,” he said. “The message is clear: Turkey has given a lesson on democracy with a turnout that is close to 90 percent.”

The Kurdish-issue focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) managed to get more than 10 percent of the votes in Turkey’s June 24 elections, passing the national election threshold.

The HDP may take more than 60 seats in parliament, according to the unofficial preliminary results announced by the state-run Anadolu Agency on June 24.