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Monday, June 13, 2011

Turkish election results

With nearly all of the votes counted in Turkey, here are the key results:

1. Erdogan, Davutoglu and Gull's AKP won its third straight election, this time with just under 50% of the vote.

2. Both major opposition parties exceeded the 10% threshold.

3. AKP got 326 seats in the legislature, which is not enough to change the constitution by themselves nor even enough to call for a referendum on the question by themselves.

Here's more.
The AK Party won 49.9 percent of the vote, up 4 percent from the last elections, but this translates into 326 seats in Parliament, meaning it will be more than 40 seats short of the two-thirds majority needed to amend the country's constitution unilaterally and about four seats short of the 330 seats needed to refer a Constitutional reform to a public vote.

According to results from 99.8 percent of the total vote, the AK Party won 49.9 percent of the vote, up by 4 percent from the previous elections, followed by the Republican People's Party (CHP) with 25.9 percent, up by 5 percent from the previous election, and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) with 13 percent of the vote. According to this vote distribution, the AK Party won 326 seats, the CHP won 135 seats and the MHP, which was expected by some pollsters to drop out of Parliament, falling below Turkey's 10 percent vote threshold, had 53 seats.

The Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), a Kurdish party accused by officials of links to the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), fielded independent candidates in order to work around requirements for the 10 percent vote threshold. The independents in total won about 6.6 percent of the vote, as expected. Most of them are BDP endorsed independents who will join the BDP and form a parliamentary group, the quorum for which is 20 deputies. The BDP independents won 36 seats in total.
Now if this were Israel, you would worry about some rogue deputy being bribed with a red Mitsubishi to vote in favor of the referendum. But that may not be a concern here.

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At 6:24 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

As Barry Rubin has written, Turkey's Islamists can now proceed to bury the secular Republic created by Kemal Ataturk and establish an Islamist regime - which will be allied with enemies of Israel and the West.

It amounts to a Turkish Revolution. And the people behind it in the AKP regime hate Israel and hate the Jews. Look for Israel's bad relations with Turkey to get a lot worse in the foreseeable future.

What could go wrong indeed

At 11:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stupid Jew

At 5:38 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

After reading that, I don't know why Jews have a need to make those who hate them like them.

If Danny Ayalon had said that to a Nazi, he would have been finished off with a bullet in the head for good measure.

Stupid Jew, indeed.


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