Erdogan’s party achieved the worst legislative result since coming to power in 2002

Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the AKP Party await the election results in Istanbul, Turkey, May 14, 2023. REUTERS/Dilara Senkaya REFILE – INFORMATION CORRECTION (DILARA SENKAYA/)

He akpthe party founded by the current president of Türkiye, Recep Tayyip Erdoganhas reaped its worst electoral result this Sunday since it came to power in 2002, according to preliminary data released by the official Anadolu agency.

With 93% of the ballot boxes counted, the AKP obtains 35.5% of the votes, a result just above the 34.3 it had in 2002, when it was a newly founded formation that could be imposed in Parliament thanks to the dispersion of the vote of the other parties.

Despite this result, it will probably continue to dominate the chamber thanks to the electoral alliance formed with other parties, mainly the ultranationalist MHP and the fundamentalist Yeniden Refah, with whom it maintains an absolute majority of deputies.

The good data of the MHP, slightly above 10%, is somewhat of a surprise, since the polls gave it several points less.

Although the Yeniden Refah does not reach 3% in the national territory, its good results in several provinces of southeastern Anatolia allow it to send five deputies to the Turkish chamber.

Although the AKP will drop from the current 285 seats to 268, the alliance is expected to hold 324 of the 600 seats, thus maintaining a comfortable majority.

The social democratic party CHP, for its part, will rise from 134 to 167 seats, but although these are added to the 44 of its coalition partner, the nationalist IYI, it will remain in opposition, even if it receives the support of the Kurdish left, which it will continue to be the third party in the hemicycle, with 62 seats.

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Kemal Kilicdaroglu
Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Kemal Kilicdaroglu

Despite the economic crisis in Turkey, the wear and tear of 20 years of authoritarianism and criticism of his management of the devastating earthquake in February, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has maintained his electoral pull in today’s presidential elections and will aspire to revalidate the position in the second round In two weeks.

With the counting of the votes still underway, and amid allegations of manipulation by the Social Democratic opposition, Erdogan has won the elections, albeit by a narrow margin and losing the absolute majority that he won in 2014 and revalidated in 2018.

The still unofficial count of various media gives the head of state 49.5% of the vote, four points more than the candidate of the opposition bloc that unites social democrats, nationalists and Islamists, Kemal Kiliçdaroglu.

However, this data is based on the scrutiny facilitated by the parties and disseminated by the media, and not on the official count of the Electoral Commission, which is slower in its introduction of votes into the system. In fact, Kiliçdaroglu himself has denounced that Erdogan’s party, the AKP, “is continually challenging the voting records and blocks the system.”

Several party leaders have assured that, when all the ballots have been counted, the opposition candidate will be ahead.

Erdogan, who was prime minister between 2003 and 2014 before becoming president, had framed these elections as a test of the country’s survival, warning that if the opposition won it would make a pact with Kurdish terrorists, Turkey would plunge into chaos and be left at the mercy of economic and political interests of the West.

The opposition, for its part, had promised to reverse the loss of rights and freedoms and to clean up an economy badly affected by the devaluation of the lira and high inflation.

With information from EFE

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