In a surprising result, President Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party has failed to win a majority in parliament. But can the opposition capitalize?
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey — And just like that, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s status as the uncontested dominant figure of Turkish politics is over. In a stunning election result on June 7, his Justice and Development Party (AKP) saw a sharp decline in votes, losing its majority in parliament for the first time since it rose to power 13 years ago, according to David Kenner, the Foreign Policy.
Outside the headquarters of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), which will become the first Kurdish party to enter parliament in the history of the Turkish republic, thousands of supporters launched an impromptu and ecstatic party, shooting fireworks and lighting flares until the air smelled like gunpowder. The crowd chanted in support of the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), and cursed Erdogan as a “murderer” — blaming him for a wave of violence that targeted the opposition party in the days leading up to the vote.