Monday, June 08, 2015

Will Wonders Never Cease

Kurdish Party HDP Makes History as Erdoğan’s AKP Suffers Major Below (I'm assuming that should be "Blow")

"In a major obstacle for Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s desire to expand his powers, Turkish voters have stripped his party of its simple majority in parliament, and pro-Kurdish party is the biggest winner, according to preliminary election results.

With 99.9 per cent of the vote counted, Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party, the AKP, had the support of around 41 per cent of voters, state-run TRT television said.

The unexpected setback for AKP likely puts an end, to Erdoğan’s hopes of passing constitutional changes that would have greatly boosted the powers of his office, Instead, AKP will now have to seek a coalition partner to stay in power, with the nationalist MHP the most likely candidate."
(So. Is it Turkish Spring or a temporary blip?)

Related: How Turkey’s pro-Kurdish party HDP could derail Erdogan push for power

Kurdish HDP party provides crucial barrier to Erdogan dictatorship

Turkey election: Erdoğan says no party has mandate to govern alone – live (Unless it's his party. /sarc)

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