June 12, 2011
This evening I spent at some friends watching the election results. For the a third time, the ruling AK party has proven its ability to sweep up the votes, this year receiving an astounding 49.9 percent of the overall vote. For my American friends this might seem like a slim victory. However, for a parliamentary system this is indeed impressive. However, in the detailed analysis I will provide tomorrow, I will explain why PM Erdoğan might be facing the toughest opposition yet and a greater amount of polarization.
In fact, all parties elected can claim a certain amount of success. The Peoples Republican Party (CHP), marked a 5 percent rise in votes, while the National Movement Party (MHP), dropped less than 2 percent from the 2007 elections despite the numerous scandals which recently plagued their party with the release of “sex-tapes,” leading to the resignation of many of their influential leaders. Lastly, the (mainly Kurdish) Peace and Democratic Party (BDP), which runs independent candidates due to the fact that otherwise their party would not pass the 10% threshold, marked a rise in their members in parliament from 22 seats to 35.
For now, I will leave it here for now, and tomorrow I will dedicate one or two more articles analyzing the results, beginning tomorrow. For now, good night!
AKP 21,429,460 49.84 %
CHP 11,150,489 25.93 %
MHP 5,586,371 12.99 %
BGSZ (Independent BDP)2,847,357 6.62 %