The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won parliamentary elections with 50.4% of the vote on Sunday, June 12, according to final results almost (94% of votes) advertised by television channels. The AKP will be able to form a government alone, according to a projection set up by A & G, which assigns 326 deputies.
However, he did not win a two-thirds majority (367) needed to amend the constitution without consulting the opposition. The APK is even below the 330 MPs required threshold to submit to referendum an amendment to the Basic Law.
The party of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, however, does not show signs of slowing down and even reached an unprecedented percentage, but this time it will take fewer members, because of the proportional electoral system.
More than 5,000 people gathered before the party headquarters in downtown Ankara on Sunday night, to hear the speech of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reappointed as prime minister for a third consecutive term.
25.8% of votes for the Republican People’s Party
Opposite, the Republican People’s Party (CHP, social-democratic), the main opposition force, gets 25.8% of the votes and the nationalist MHP (Nationalist Action Party) 13.2%. Candidates of the Party for Peace and Democracy (BDP), near the Kurdish minority, presented by Independent to bypass the 10% threshold of votes needed to enter parliament, achieve a significant breakthrough with thirty members (20 in the outgoing Parliament).
More than 50 million subscribers out of a population of 73 million people were eligible to vote. The voters were sensitive to the economic arguments put forward by the Prime Minister during the campaign, praised the economic health of the country, now 17th in the world with a growth of 8.9% in 2010 and an inflation of 6 %.
Torn by unstable coalitions and ephemeral governments, Turkey has found an economic but also political stability under the leadership of the AKP has managed to confine to barracks army, formerly a leading political player.
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Erdogan wins parliamentary elections