Sundays election marks the start of a new era in the ruling system of Turkey, Murat Yetkin, editor in chief of Hurriyet Daily News, said on Monday.
Commentiing on Turkish elections held this past Sunday, Yetkin said that the governance system is changing into a presidential republic and re-elected President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the first president to rule Turkey based on a new constitution that turns all executive powers over to the president.
Looking at the results, Hurriyet’s chief editor said the following:
– Erdogan’s strategy to collaborate with the nationalist party (MHP) leader Develet Bahceli led to success. The elections of June 24 proved that without Bahceli’s MHP party, Erdogan would not have been re-elected and his party, AKP, could have lost its majority in parliament.
– The resilience of Bahceli’s party was one of two surprises in these elections. MHP has become a major player in parliament.
– The strategy of social democrat Kemal Kilicdaroglu, head of the main opposition CHP, to “loan” 15 deputies to the “Good Party” (IYI) of Meral Aksener to boost her presidential nomination did not work out. Aksener took votes away from CHP, but not that many from AKP, and fewer that Kilicdaroglu hoped to gain from Bahceli’s MHP. Aksener failed in the presidential elections, but won three seats in the parliament nevertheless, mainly due to her alliance with Kilicdaroglu.
– On the other hand, Kilicdaroglu’s strategy to nominate his internal party rival Muharrem Ince as candidate for the presidency proved relatively successful. It proved that with his charisma and popularity Ince has the ability to raise CHP’s electoral percentage to beyond 30%. But in parliamentary elections, CHP garnered approximately 7 percentage points fewer than Inces percentage, which means that there may be reshuffling in the party in the near future. Apparently CHP lost votes not just towards IYI but towards HDP also, not because her voters support HDP politically but because they want HDP to rise beyond the national threshold of 10% for parliament, in order to reduce AKP’s seats in parliament.
– HDP is returning to parliament with 11.2% of the vote due to the socialdemocratic and liberal votes – in other words, due to the support of voters who are not its traditional supporters ? otherwise, it is possible it would never have been represented in Parliament. Its jailed leader, Selahattin Demirtas, who ran as candidate in the presidential elections, garnered 8.2% of the vote.