Erdogan's AK Party in the lead in Turkish parliamentary elections
Turkish TV continues to publish the preliminary results of the Turkish parliamentary elections, showing the ruling Justice and Development Party in the lead with 36.3% compared to 24.3% for the Republican People's Party.
The preliminary results of the Turkish parliamentary elections, published so far by the official Turkish TV, the ruling Justice and Development Party's People's Alliance garnered 322 seats compared to 212 for its closest competitor, the Republican People's Party's Nation Alliance.
The Justice and Development Party amassed 266 votes, while the National Movement Party, allied with the ruling party, garnered 51 seats, and the Felicity Party garnered 5.
Within the National Alliance, the Republican People's Party garnered 168 votes, while the Good Party got 44 seats.
The Labour and Freedom Alliance, meanwhile, saw the Party of Greens and the Left Future get 62 seats, and the Labor party got four seats.
As per the new Turkish electoral law, these preliminary results reflect that the Justice and Development Party is set to win 269 seats in parliament out of 600 seats, while the Republican People's Party is set to win 170 seats.
Counting the votes of millions of participants in the Turkish parliamentary and presidential elections took place amid local and international anticipation, after a huge turnout at the polls, according to local media.
It is noteworthy that political parties running independently wishing to obtain a seat in Parliament must pass the electoral threshold, which represents 7% of the vote, whereas if it is part of an alliance, then the total votes of this alliance must exceed the percentage of the electoral threshold.
The Turkish President and current candidate for the presidential elections, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a tweet on his official Twitter account, said, "I ask all of my litigants and colleagues to stay at the ballot boxes, no matter what until the results are officially finalized."
14 Mayıs seçimlerinin uhulet ve suhulet ile büyük bir demokrasi şöleni şeklinde gerçekleşmesi, Türkiye’mizin sahip olduğu demokratik olgunluğun ifadesidir.…— Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (@RTErdogan) May 14, 2023
On his part, the head of the Republican People’s Party, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, tweeted: "The fantasy, which started at 60%, has now decreased to less than 50%. Polling observers and election board officials must stay put. We will not sleep tonight, my people."
Yüzde 60'lar ile başlayan kurgu şu anda 50'nin altına düştü. Sandık müşahitleri ve seçim kurullarındaki görevlilerimiz bulundukları yerden asla ayrılmasın. Bu gece uyumayacağız Halkım. YSK'yı uyarıyorum, illerdeki veri girişini sağlamak zorundasınız.— Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu (@kilicdarogluk) May 14, 2023
Earlier today, voters in Turkey began casting their votes in the presidential and legislative elections.
More than 60 million Turkish voters headed to the polls to elect a president for the country, in addition to 600 deputies who will form the twenty-eighth parliament in the history of the Turkish Republic.
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