Turkish PM Declares ‘Victory’ Despite Setback

June 7, 2015  

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Sunday night emphasized his Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) “victory” in the elections, despite the party suffering a serious setback by not achieving the required majority for passing reforms in the Turkish constitution.

During the traditional balcony speech at the party’s headquarters in Ankara, Davutoglu stressed the significance of the “national will,” the Hurriyet newspaper reported.

“Everyone should know that the AKP is the winner of this election. No one should take a victory from an election it lost. We sent deputies to the parliament from 76 provinces, and the first from six regions is the AKP,” he said, according to the report.

“The main opposition party, whose leader just declared a victory, could not find representation in 37 provinces while the third [had nothing] in 32 provinces. The fourth party, which claimed to have a landslide victory, is non-existent in 56 provinces,” added Davutoglu.

“No one should worry. We will take every precaution within this political framework to maintain stability and the comfort that AKP cadres have provided in the last 12-13 years,” he said.

Davutgolu said the election had proved that the AKP was the “backbone” of Turkey.

“This election has shown that the backbone of Turkey is the AKP. The AKP is the only party that is in all of the regions, all provinces and embraces all of the citizens,” said Davutoglu, according to the Hurriyet newspaper.

With 99.9% of the votes counted, the AKP got 40.8 percent the votes, while the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) won 25 percent, according to the Anatolia news agency.

The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) secured 16.3 percent of the votes, while the Kurdish HDP party won 13.1 percent.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wanted to change the constitution to grant him greater powers than he currently wields. If HDP enters parliament, however, this will apparently be impossible.

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