Unofficial results give the AK Party 46.7 percent of the vote. But the opposition’s showing means the AKP will have less seats in parliament. The secularist centre-left opposition, the CHP, will have an estimated 112 seats with up to 70 going to the right-wing Nationalist Action Party, the MHP. The results have been greeted with dismay by the opposition parties. One CHP supporter described the outcome as “a total disappointment”. He added: “I thought people had more sense, but this shows we’re not there yet. This is not good for Turkey.” The sentiments were echoed at the Nationalist Action Party headquarters.
The far-right party vastly improved on its performance five years ago and its presence in parliament, with pro-Kurdish politicians, will ensure there is more tension. Despite that, most papers and many people are now agreed that Erdogan can exploit parliament’s new make-up to press-on with free-market policies. It remains unclear how the staunchly secularist military will react to the AKP’s re-election.