ANKARA- The ruling party, Justice and Development Party (AK Party) has met a serious blow in the General elections 2015 held on June 7th, as the voters denied it the parliamentary majority for the first time since 2002.
Though, the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party has won the elections but it has lost the majority and its domination in decision making. Now it will share power with the other parties of the country.
According to the poll results, the ruling party won 41 votes, while the other parties such as the Republican People’s Party (CHP) which is the main opposition party, got 25% votes, the Nationalist Movement Party (CHP) scored 16.5% and the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) to scrape 13% votes.
Under these results, the AK Party will secure 258 Members of Parliament (MP) whereas the number of seats necessary to form a single-party government is 276.
This implies that Mr. Erdogan would have to give up one more thing, which is his aspiration to cement his power.
It is pertinent here that Mr. Erdogan and his party was looking to bring about a change in the Turkish constitution and introduce presidential rule. This would have given the president sole power to decide the fate of the nation.
But this was possible only when the president would have gained the three-fifth majority in the parliament.
So, these elections turned out to be the game changer as they brought a huge setback for Mr. Erdogan and his party.
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