The uncertainly of the past five months came to an end on Sunday night when, following the second election of the year, the AK Party won a resounding landslide victory, regaining the majority it lost in the 7th June election.

AK Party gained a majority

According to pundits, social and political commentators, both in Turkey across the world, AK Party was expected to struggle to get a working majority, leaving the party and the country in the same parlous state as it was after the early summer polls.

However, everyone (expect perhaps for the party faithful themselves) was surprised to see the Justice and Development Party, as it is also known, romp home to a comfortable majority with 49.34% of the votes, significantly ahead of its main opposition, the CHP, who came second with 25.42%, although not with the super-majority for which they had been hoping.

At the time of this photo, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was the Prime Minister of Turkey. He was visiting Fethiye. He is now the country's President.
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was the Prime Minister of Turkey at the time of this photo, on a mid term visit to Fethiye. He is now the country’s President.

All the other parties either had a similar proportion of votes as in the previous election or a reduced number.

What happened in Fethiye?

As we explained in a previous article, Turkey’s voting system is on a PR basis. This meant that according to the votes collectively polled in Muğla, the province of which Fethiye is part, now has six lawmakers as follows: CHP 3, AK Party 2, MHP 1, the same as in the June election. For more information click here (Turkish).

The majority of the Fethiye electorate voted for CHP (42.2%) with AKP coming second with 36.3%, both parties gaining on the June vote. MHP however saw a drop in support from June with only 16.5%.

Local residents reported convoys of AK Party supporters in the streets, while others no doubt reflected on their parties’ defeat, in what was otherwise a quiet night.

AK Party landslide gives Turkey a government

At the moment, the Turkish Lira/Sterling exchange rate looks fractionally more positive than in recent months.

AK Party landslide gives Turkey a government