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The ‘New Turkey’ that was not in Erdogan’s plans: the aftermath of the critical June 2015 elections 10 juin 2015

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Expert Comment (The Elcano Royal Institute) 41/2015, 10 June 2015
Real Instituto Elcano de Estudios Internacionales y Estratégicos

Ilke Toygür *

Turkey held parliamentary elections on 7 June 2015. They could have been like any other election if Turkey’s first directly-elected President and former Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had not decided to put the current regime to the test. His aim was to change the country’s parliamentary democracy into a presidential system, in addition to establishing an undemocratic minimum-10% threshold to gain seats in Parliament.

Turkey’s more than 47 million voters were called to the ballot box to elect 550 members to Parliament. The 86% turnout was very high compared with what is usual in most European countries. According to preliminary results, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost the majority it had commanded for the last 13 years. Nevertheless, it remained the most voted party, at 40.8%, and won 258 seats. The significant point is that Erdoğan will not have enough support in Parliament to change the Constitution and the regime, at least for the time being.

* Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain

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