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Turkish opposition comes to terms with defeat

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Turkish opposition comes to terms with defeat


There was disappointment outside the headquarters of the Turkey’s right-wing MHP despite a vast improvement on the party’s 2002 result. It should now be represented in parliament by 71 of its members, but the scale of support for Prime Minister Erdogan took all the shine off their gains.

“It’s all that Turkey deserves, bringing the AKP back again” lamented one MHP supporter.

Erdogan’s post-win vow to push on with EU membership talks would have been salt in the wounds for the nationalists.

Even greater despondency for the centre-left CHP. The party created by the founder of modern Turkey, Kamal Ataturk, has lost seats in parliament.

This woman called the result “a total disappointment”, adding “I thought people had more sense, but this shows we’re not there yet. This is not good for Turkey.”

For the country’s secular opposition, it’s seems a case of going back to square one.

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