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Turkey votes – Part II – All shook up – A first assessment of Turkey’s post-election political landscape 8 juin 2015

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EPC Commentary (European Policy Centre) 8 June 2015

Amanda Paul & Demir Murat Seyrek *

After nearly 13 years in power, Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) suffered its first defeat in the 7 June parliamentary elections, failing to win enough seats to continue as a single party government. This result not only ends Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s dream of creating an executive presidency, it has also demonstrated that Turkey is still a democracy where elections can change governments, despite the significant back-pedaling in terms of democracy over the past few years.

While the AKP took the largest share of the vote with some 40.7%, this is 9% less than in 2011 and far from their target of 55%. Only three other parties crossed the high 10% threshold and will enter parliament: the Republican People’s Party (CHP) – the main opposition party – with 25.1%, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) with 16.5% and the Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) with 13%.

* Amanda Paul is a Senior Policy Analyst at the European Policy Centre (EPC). Demir Murat Seyrek is a Senior Policy Advisor at the European Foundation for Democracy.

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