Day 50: Turkish elections

Winter is coming, it was a cold morning. Turkish general elections were held yesterday – the second time this year as a government could not be formed after the previous elections in June.

It feels distant from me, as I really don’t know much about the politics here and what implications the results might have for the future. But I was reminded of our elections in Sweden last year, how we held our breaths waiting for the results, as well as the mixture of frustration, disappointment and resignation succeeding it. Politics, politics. I wonder what the people in Turkey feel today – was it a cold morning, not only because of the winter?

So I try to read up a bit, and meanwhile writing a little summary if there are any other uninformed but curious people around. Now this is according to the internet and my understanding, both of which might be very wrong 🙂

The center-right Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power in 2002 and has ruled with majority ever since. After the election in June this year however, the party was unable to form a majority government due to decreased support and as the left-wing, pro-Kurdish, People’s Democratic Party (HDP) entered the partliament for the first time. The Turkish election threshold is 10% in order to obtain seats in the parliament, and apart from AKP and HDP, there is the center-left Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). The attempts to form a coalition was not successful, and thus a snap election was to be held (yesterday).

The result of the votes:
AKP received 49% (June: 41%)
CHP received 25% (June: 25%)
MHP received 12% (June: 16%)
HDP received 11% (June: 13%)

This means that AKP (initially founded by current president Erdoğan), will remain in power with parliamental majority for at least four more years (unless something unexpected happens, of course). While critical voices have arised regarding events surrounding the elections, Erdoğan calls for respect and recognition. With that said, I will now hold my tongue and return to my homework. Sorry mom for mentioning politics, but at least it’s kinda objective—ish.



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