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?