LIVE: Turkey’s ruling AKP set to lose majority in blow for Erdoğan

Supporters of the HDP celebrate along a street after the parliamentary election in Diyarbakır, Turkey, June 7, 2015, despite the party leadership’s calls to avoid celebrations for passing the threshold on the election day. DHA Photo

More than 53.7 million Turkish voters head to the polls on June 7 for a crucial parliamentary election.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has framed the June 7 election in Turkey as a key hurdle on the path to the powerful presidential system that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wants to introduce.

With about 99 percent of the vote counted and despite being well ahead of other parties with the support of around 42 percent of the populace, the AKP seemed set to received fewer than 276 seats – the bare minimum to keep its parliamentary majority.

The Kurdish problem-focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), on the other hand, has crossed the 10 percent election threshold and decreased the number of AKP lawmakers considerably.

The HDP had faced scores of physical attacks during its campaign. One of its campaign bus drivers, Hamdullah Öğe, was murdered on June 3, and three of its supporters were killed when twin bomb blasts hit its milestone rally in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır on June 5…

This means that Erdoğan won’t be able to create a ‘presidential system.’ HDP has been attracting more than just Kurds as a form or protest against Erdoğan and the ruling AKP.  

Was he so convinced of winning that he neglected to arrange some vote-rigging?

  • The__Hammer

    Someone will be executed, unofficially I am sure, for this one.

    • Frau Katze

      They’ll still be the party with the most seats. They’ll have go for a coalition.

  • Ron MacDonald

    He’ll refuse to accept the results and declare election void.

    • Frau Katze

      Things will be “interesting”.

    • mobuyus

      He could use Burlesquesconnies help.

  • tom_billesley

    Time for an enabling act, just like 1933 Germany.

  • Martin B

    Yes I do suspect he has totally convinced that victory & being declared President-for-life was Allah’s will. This is a guy whose ego is so bloated that even a colossal new Presidential Palace with 1200 rooms wasn’t big enough to hold it. No doubt he will seek murderous vengeance against the swine who dared to stand in the way of his destiny.

    • Alain

      A Turkist version of Obama.

  • tom_billesley
  • Brett_McS

    That’s a great result. To put icing on the cake, the non-AKP parties could form a coalition government. I think all of them said they would not ally with Erdogan.