Parliamentary election re-run can be held in Turkey
Baku, Azerbaijan, June 8
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
After the parliamentary election in Turkey, Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) received 41.9 percent of the votes, the Republican People's Party (CHP) - 25.1 percent, while the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) got 16.8 percent.
The most outspoken opponent of the ruling AKP party, the country's pro-Kurdish left-wing Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), secured 11.7 percent of the votes, which means that the AKP will not be able to create the government on its own.
This scenario was expected by all and Turkey's ruling party as well. It was expected that the religious Kurds would support the AKP in the parliamentary election, but, according to Turkish experts, it did not happen.
After a short statement by the Turkish prime minister about the election, the opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) began to celebrate its victory in the parliamentary election. That's because this time, it will be represented in the parliament by at least 78 MPs.
The AKP will be represented in the parliament by 260 MPs, the Republican People's Party (CHP) - by 130 MPs, while the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) will be represented by 82 MPs.
But since none of the parties want to form a coalition with the AKP, it is not ruled out that a special election will be held in Turkey. Even today, a number of MPs from the AKP have stated so.
If the Justice and Development Party fails to form the government within 45 days, it is not ruled out that repeat parliamentary election can be held. However, holding a re-run in Turkey doesn't mean anything.
The main problem of the Justice and Development Party is that it has lost almost all south-eastern provinces of the country, since the opposition, namely the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) won in the provinces starting from Mardin in the country's south-east to Ardahan province on the border with Georgia.
No matter how much the Justice and Development Party and other political parties tried to achieve serious success in these provinces, the result is obvious.
Another important fact is that the Justice and Development Party fears that HDP can lead Turkey to a territorial split.
Earlier, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan said that if HDP overcomes a 10-percent barrier, following the election, it will demand autonomy for the Kurdish citizens in Turkey's south-east. Moreover, earlier, the country's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that each vote for HDP is a support to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
Although the Justice and Development Party has gathered the major part of votes and won, it is a Pyrrhic victory.
Rufiz Hafizoglu is the head of Trend Agency's Arabic news service, follow him on Twitter: @rhafizoglu