Ruling party wins by landslide in Turkey elections

By AFP
Published: June 13, 2011

Supporters of Turkey’s ruling AKP (Justice and Development Party) party celebrate with national and party flags after the first results of the parliamentary election, in Istanbul. PHOTO: AFP

ANKARA: 

Turkey’s ruling party clinched a record landslide in Sunday’s parliamentary polls but appeared short of the two-thirds majority it needs to rewrite the constitution, unofficial results showed.

With more than 95% of the vote counted, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) was leading with 50.3% of the vote for a third straight win, according to results on CNN Turk television. It was the party’s highest electoral score since it came to power in 2002.

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) was second with 25.9%, followed by the Nationalist Action Party (MHP) with 13.1%. The AKP got enough parliamentary seats to once again form the government on its own, but appeared to fall just short of the 330-seat majority in the 550-member parliament it was seeking to unilaterally amend the constitution, the legacy of a 1980 military coup. It was set to win 325 seats, according to CNN Turk.

Thousands of ecstatic supporters gathered outside AKP offices in Ankara, dancing and singing, as the refrain of the party’s election song “Come on, once more!” blared from loudspeakers.

More than 50 million people were eligible to vote, out of a population of some 73 million.

The AKP owes its enduring popularity mostly to economic success and improved public services following years of financial instability.

Under the AKP, the economy grew by 8.9% in 2010, outpacing global recovery, and per capita income has doubled to $10,079.

His economic credits aside, Erdogan – once the driving force of EU-sought reforms – has come under fire for autocratic tendencies and growing intolerance of criticism.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 13th, 2011.

Reader Comments (15)

  • Ammad Qureshi
    Jun 13, 2011 - 9:48AM

    its great that know that Turkey’s ruling party had a clean sweep last night in Sunday’s parliamentary polls.they did well in the past for Turkey and Insha Allah this party will do well in future as well… best of luck for Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party.
    Ammad Qureshi
    RawalpindiRecommend

  • SK
    Jun 13, 2011 - 10:30AM

    Congratulations, Way to Mr. Erdogan!!!!Recommend

  • peshawar
    Jun 13, 2011 - 11:20AM

    Thumbs up Mr.Erdogan…Recommend

  • muhammad aamir akhtar
    Jun 13, 2011 - 12:18PM

    This is a total disaser.Turkey was one islamic state that had a secular constitution and a liberal society.now that the islamic fanatics have taken over,they’ll ruin everything that ataturk the great worked so hard to achieve.turkey had succeeded because it had kept religion away from the matters of the state,it didn’t allow islam to interfere in the running of the country and as a result turkey’s economy boomed and society flourished.

    now erdogan will force women to start wearing the headscarf and in the future may also force them to hide behind a burka or abaya.he already makes his wife wear one. The turkish army should have stepped in earlier and ensured that the religious barbarians didn’t take over and ruin turkey.Recommend

  • danish mumtaz
    Jun 13, 2011 - 12:22PM

    Just look at that photo!! it’s so heartbreaking to see what turkey has become.Erdogan’s support base is symbolised by the hijabis in that photograph.He always had a sinister plan to islamicise turkey and now he will get another chance to turn liberal,progressive turkey into another islamic fundamentalist state like saudi arabia or iran.

    Thank god, Ataturk is not alive to see all of this.Recommend

  • Sayoob
    Jun 13, 2011 - 1:05PM

    It’s a wonderful news. What the secular fanatics had given turkey was poverty and destruction. Now AKP & Erdogan made turkey more and more democtractic, more religious freedom and most importantly the Himalayan growth of the economy that can compete with any of world’s leading economies. Bravo.. I trust Erdogan will make Turkey even more democtratic. Recommend

  • Amer
    Jun 13, 2011 - 1:05PM

    @danish mumtaz:
    @muhammad aamir akhtar:
    Islamophobia at it’s best! Recommend

  • Arslan
    Jun 13, 2011 - 2:24PM

    @danish mumtaz:
    @muhammad aamir akhtar:
    Why do you care if Turks themselves have preferred Erdogan ? Peoples look at economic developments and social change, matters like the veil are only secondary for the population well-being. Recommend

  • Shuaib
    Jun 13, 2011 - 3:02PM

    @danish mumtaz:
    @muhammad aamir akhtar:

    I am amazed to hear that the military should intervene. Pakistan is a very good
    example where military secular generals let it to almost a failed state. I think
    the military should either fight wars or keep away go home this way people’s
    tax money can be saved. I hope that Pakistan parliment can also do the same
    like Turkey limit army intervention and let them deal with India instead of messing
    the affairs of the country.Recommend

  • ASQ
    Jun 13, 2011 - 8:13PM

    everyone should respect the people’s majority decision so stop criticizing a democratic decision its the major downfall of muslims always ignoring the majority!Recommend

  • Cautious
    Jun 13, 2011 - 10:56PM

    I am sure that Erdogan knows that every time he walks down the street one out of every two people voted for his opposition.Recommend

  • Meekal Ahmed
    Jun 14, 2011 - 12:27AM

    This is how you manage a country even with a dark past.

    Democracy, openess and a successful, vibrant economy, IMF and no IMF. Recommend

  • Hassan
    Jun 14, 2011 - 10:12AM

    @danish mumtaz:
    @muhammad aamir akhtar:

    do you have any idea what your are talking about? Islam is the way of life and the Turk Muslims have put before you the right path to walk through… i am amazed to see your prejudice against Islam.. tell me? what have you archived in the liberal Pakistan or should i say Rohan Khial Pakistan? beisides vulgarity bomb blasts and anarchy and inflation.???. follow the path of Allah as its only the right and only one true part for Muslims of the world… know about your religion and its values and than talk after wards so you could know what your talking about…instead of criticizing the success of Islamic system see it being implemented in the developed world. Omars Law is part of the Canadian constitution. better follow your own religion and its laws instead of being slave of imf and america.Recommend

  • adnan
    Jun 14, 2011 - 8:24PM

    Under “seculars”, Turk per capita income was USD 2200. It was the best that seculars could achieve in their 70 years. In one year under Recej Tayyab Erdogan’s AKP, the per capita income is about USD 12,000 and Turkey is the only muslim country of the first world. He did it in less than a decade.

    Under his “fanatic islamist” government, Turkey has become one of the top tourist destinations – most tourists coming from Germany, UK and Russian states. Within next decade, it is estimated that Turkey is going to become one of the top five destinations for tourists. Last year about 30 million (3 crore) tourists came to Erdogan’s Turkey.

    They follow Gulen and Saeed Nursi’s theology. They don’t mind if you have a beard or not or say 5 prayers or not. If invited to comment, they’ll state their opinion and you’ve to make your own mind if you want to go for it or not. Their motto is science, education and religion.

    Mustafa Kemal did a wonderful job for his time. He gave Turks a jolt that was required at that time. And Erdogan is doing well, for his time, too.Recommend

  • Architect
    Jun 18, 2011 - 3:12AM

    Erdogan… a well educated patriotic religious leader.. hats off Recommend

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