Turkey announces preliminary results of snap parliamentary election
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 1
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkey's Justice and Development Party (AKP) garnered 53.6 percent of the vote at the Nov. 1 snap parliamentary election, according to preliminary data, said the Turkish Supreme Electoral Council.
Republican People's Party (CHP) gained 20 percent of the vote, while the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) finished with 11 percent and 11.2 percent of vote respectively, according to tentative results.
Some 42 percent of the ballot boxes have been opened in Turkey.
In 32 provinces in south-western Turkey, the parliamentary election ended at 16:00 local time.
In 49 provinces of the country, the snap election ended at 17:00 local time.
The election involves 16 political parties.
It is expected that, the main competition, as in previous elections, will be between the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Republican People's Party (CHP).
Earlier on June 7, Turkey held parliamentary election, which involved 20 political parties.
At that time, the AKP garnered 40.87 percent of votes, but for the first time since 2002 it lost the parliamentary majority (51 percent) and wasn't able to form a government alone.
During the June election, the Republican People's Party (CHP) gained 24.95 percent of the vote, while the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) finished with 16.29 percent and 13.12 percent of the votes, respectively.
On July 9, the Turkish president instructed the AKP leader and current prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu to form a cabinet of ministers.
The prime minister had talks with leaders of three parliamentary parties, but they failed to reach an agreement.
A final meeting was held Aug. 13 between with the PM Davutoglu and the leader of the oppositional Republican People's Party (CHP) Kemal Kilicdaroglu.
During those negotiations too, the parties failed to agree to create a coalition government.
Following that, the Turkish prime minister announced about holding one more parliamentary election.