With a remarkable boost in just five months since the June 7 election, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) won the Nov. 1 snap election with a landslide victory, securing a decisive majority at parliament. (Hurriyet News)
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called the result a “victory for our democracy and our people”. The pro-Kurdish HDP crossed the 10% threshold needed to claim seats. (BBC)
The pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) said on Sunday the outcome of Turkey’s general election was the result of a deliberate policy of polarization by President Tayyip Erdogan. The party canceled rallies after the deadly attack on its supporters in Ankara andwaves of coordinated attacks on its party offices. (Deutsche Welle)
Jana Jabbour, associate researcher at the Paris-based CERI (Centre de Recherches Internationales) and a lecturer at Sciences-Po, attributed Sunday’s election outcome to a number of factors, including AKP discipline, Erdogan’s charisma and “the fact that the opposition was divided and failed to take a clear stand against the PKK”. (France24)
“Sunday’s general elections in Turkey, which had a high voter turnout, have reaffirmed the strong commitment of the Turkish people to democratic processes“, Joint statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Johannes Hahn.
Voters delivered a surprise win for Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, in elections on Sunday. (CNN)