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Turkey's Erdoğan calls on other parties to be 'realistic' after his party loses its majority

The ruling AKP has lost its majority in parliament

Jon Stone
Monday 08 June 2015 15:02 BST
Supporters celebrate outside the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) headquarters
Supporters celebrate outside the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) headquarters (Reuters)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has called on other parties to take a "realistic" approach to forming a new government after his AKP group lost its majority.

The Turkish president appears to have been blocked from giving himself sweeping new powers after voters moved away from his party at elections.

“Our nation's opinion is above everything else,” Mr Erdoğan said in a statement released by his office an repoted by the Reuters news agency.

“I believe the results, which do not give the opportunity to any party to form a single-party government, will be assessed healthily and realistically by every party.”

Mr Erdoğan’s AKP party stood in this weekend’s general election on a platform of taking power from the country’s parliament and centralising it around the office of president.

The role has traditionally been politically neutral and subsidiary to the country’s parliament.

Mr Erdogan’s party was stripped of its parliamentary majority after a surge in support for the Kurdish HDP party.

The HDP reached out beyond its traditional ethnic support base to gain votes from Turkish leftists and liberals.

The Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) is supportive of ending the armed conflict with PKK rebels in the east of the country.

It also espouses anti-capitalist economics, secularism, and gay rights.

The party’s English-language website boasts statements of support from international left-wing movements such as the Green Party of England and Wales, Germany’s Die Linke, Greece’s SYRIZA, and the Catalonian Green Party.

It entered parliament for the first time after receiving more than 12 per cent of the vote, taking it above the ten percent threshold for earning seats in the country’s legislature.

The surge in support for the HDP changed the distribution of seats in parliament to mean that the 41 per cent of support won by the AKP is not enough to form a majority.

Both the HDP and the traditional opposition, the left-leaning CHP, have ruled out doing a deal with the AKP.

The ultra-nationalist far-right MHP has also ruled out a deal, meaning the AKP could find it difficult to form a government.

The prospect of fresh elections has been raised in the case of a deadlock. The country has 45 days in which to form a new government after the result is confirmed.

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