New dawn in Turkey’s democracy gives new hopes for Kurds

New dawn in Turkey’s democracy gives new hopes for Kurds
by Martin Jay

8 June 2015 | 08:39

Source: by Martin Jay

  • by Martin Jay
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  • Last update: 8 June 2015 | 08:39

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's arrogant manner during the past weeks has cost him dearly.
Turks wake up today to a new reality in their country as voters denied Turkey's main ruling party a parliamentary majority for the first time since 2002 and gave the country's large Kurdish minority its biggest voice ever in national politics.

The vote robs Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, of an opportunity to rewrite the constitution to give him even greater powers and for the first time gives the Kurds in Turkey a real say on their future after they took more than the minimum 10% of the votes required to be represented in the parliament.

Erdoğan has unquestionably suffered his biggest setback in 13 years of what some believe was a campaign to acquire more and more power – and now must look for a coalition partner to form a government.
Erdoğan's governing Justice and Development party, or AKP, won the election comfortably for the fourth time in a row, with around 41% of the vote, but that represented a steep fall in support from 49% in 2011, throwing the government of the country into great uncertainty.

The new party, the HDP or Peoples' Democratic party, largely representing the Kurds but also encompassing leftwing liberals, surpassed the steep 10% threshold for entering parliament to take more than 12% of the vote and around 80 seats in the 550-strong chamber.

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