Fundamental freedoms were generally respected and voters could choose from a wide range of political parties in Turkey’s June 7 elections, but the 10 percent threshold to enter parliament limits political pluralism, international observers said June 8
President calls on parties to act responsibly in coalition talks after his former party lost majority in the parliament.
Selahattin Demirtaş: thumbing his nose at political convention in Turkey

The youthful co-leader of Turkey’s HDP has broadened the party beyond its Kurdish roots, helping it become a liberal umbrella group with broad appeal

He sits in his newly-built thousand-room “White Palace”, his plans for a powerful presidency all but ready; but in the very hour that should have seen his final triumph, Tayyip Erdoğan’s star appears to be waning.

VIDEO: 24 hours in Turkey’s election

The BBC’s Outside Source looks at events in Turkey’s election as they unfolded over the past 24 hours.
With his party’s control of Parliament lost, Mr. Erdogan may have to shelve his plans for a new Turkish Constitution and a more powerful presidency.
Record number of women elected to Turkish parliament

Dilek Öcalan, niece of jailed PKK founder Abdullah Öcalan, among 96 women who won seats in Grand National Assembly

The challenge now is for a fractured society to make multiparty politics work
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was riding for a fall, and has duly fallen. His Justice and Development party (AKP) failed to gain even a simple majority ingeneral elections at the weekend, let alone the super-majority he wanted in order to immediately transform the Turkish political system by introducing an executive presidency. Mr Erdoğan remains president and the AKP the single largest party. Yet Turkish voters have effectively torpedoed the grand project through which Mr Erdoğan had hoped to extend his hold on the country into the far future. In theory, Mr Erdoğan could still obtain the constitutional changes he wants, via a referendum, but that seems highly unlikely. An early return to the polls might improve the party’s parliamentary position, but the momentum that enabled it to dominate Turkish politics for so long has finally been halted
VIDEO: ‘Erdogan trying to encourage coalition’

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said the inconclusive election result means no party can govern alone. Mark Lowen says he is trying to encourage a coalition.
Erdogan wanted a mandate for his political reforms, but voters in Turkey handed him a rebuke.
Turkey’s election: voting to revisit the past?

Expect more Turkish turbulence and drama to come, and for Turkish politics to once again resemble the years preceding 2002.

The big winner Serlahattin Demirtaş. Demotix/ Avni Kantan. All rights reserved.The big winner Serlahattin Demirtaş. Demotix/ Avni Kantan. All rights reserved.

Although the outcome of Turkey’s general election is undoubtedly dramatic, we should be careful not to exaggerate the death either of the ruling AKP or of the country’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s hopes of assuming greater powers suffered a major setback on Sunday when the ruling AK Party he founded failed to win an outright majority in a parliamentary election for the first time.


The Islamic-conservative AKP party lost its absolute majority in Turkey’s general elections on Sunday. The left-leaning pro-Kurdish HDP cleared the ten-percent hurdle and will enter parliament for the first time. Turkish civil society has given the thumbs down to the AKP’s authoritarian style, some commentators write in delight. Others warn of political instability on Europe’s border with the Middle East.

There is no doubt that the biggest winner of Sunday elections is the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP). As the elections results came, social media declared another winner: Vote and Beyond (Oy ve Ötesi).
A new Turkey… but not one to Erdoğan’s liking

A stunning election result against many odds is a resounding statement of Turkey’s democratic credentials.

Figen Üstündağ. Wikimedia Commons/Voice of America. Some rights reserved.Figen Üstündağ. Wikimedia Commons/Voice of America. Some rights reserved.


The largest supplier of police water cannons in Turkey has seen a steep fall in its stock prices, hours after the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost its parliamentary majority
The President Erdoğan made an official declaration over the election results: “I believe all political parties will make a reliable and realistic assessment since no parties come to power alone.”
VIDEO: Turkey’s AKP party loses majority

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has suffered a major setback in Turkey’s general election after his party lost its parliamentary majority.
Economists and other experts have told Anadolu Agency that investor confidence in Turkey will not flag despite potential political instability after June 7’s general election.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has called on all parties to assess the results of the June 7 parliamentary election “healthily and realistically,” after no party emerged with enough votes to form a single-party majority government
If political parties’ campaigns for today’s election can be described in just one word, it would probably be “polemical.” From the claim that President Erdoğan’s palace has golden toilet seats to the purchase of a luxury Mercedes for Turkey’s top cleric, the campaign has been full of polemics.
A Turkish voter in the Aegean province of Manisa stamped himself in the forehead rather than the ballot paper to protest the elections, in which he said he had no faith.
All prominent economy figures from each of Turkey’s four largest political parties have managed to enter parliament in the June 7 election.
All four parties represented in Turkish parliament, except the ruling AKP, have increased the number of their women deputies, thus labeling the 25th term of parliament as one with the highest number of women deputies in Turkey’s history of democracy.
All parties should act in a reconciliatory manner in the wake of a bitterly fought election that resulted in no party being able to form a majority government, Turkey’s top business organization has said.
World media reacts to Turkish general election
Deniz Ulke Aribogan,a professor of political science from IstanbulBilgi University, told Al Jazeera. “The election results are a big success for the HDP as it has moved from a Kurdish-oriented party to a party that addresses the whole Turkey. It got .
Christian minority finds its voice in Parliament with elections
Today’s Zaman
Esayan previously wrote for the Taraf daily and the Armenian Agos weekly, and received his master’s degree from İstanbul Bilgi University, writing a thesis titled “The clash of classes, the birth of the bourgeoisie and modernity in 18th century

Turkey election: ‘Glum faces’ at AKP Istanbul HQ

… seats for the first time. The BBC’s Mark Lowen visited the AKP’s Istanbulheadquarters and said their were “very glum faces” as the results came in.
Diminishing press freedom in Erdogan’s Turkey

We look at why news organisations are being muzzled by Erdogan’s government in the run-up to parliamentary elections.

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