He has a third consecutive term, but not the majority needed to go ahead with his plans for constitutional changes. Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party won nearly 50 percent in Sunday’s parliamentary vote, the party’s best electoral performance since they first came to power in 2002.
However, Erdogan will have to seek a broader consensus on the constitution. Speaking to a crowd of his supporters, the Turkish prime minister said: “We will write a civilian, free constitution which brings all parts of society together. Everyone will find themselves in this constitution, east will be represented, west will be represented.”
As Turkey’s prime minister for the last eight years, Erdogan has overseen one of the world’s fastest growing economies. Nevertheless, the election results leave his party with just five seats fewer than they needed for him to have carte blanche to re-write the constitution. In fact, the AK Party has actually lost six places in the 550-seat parliament.
The opposition secularist CHP party had its best performance in 30 years, putting it in a better position to monitor the government.
As well as working with other parties on the constitution, Erdogan will have to deal with the separatist movement in the Kurdish southeast and whose BDP party also performed well in the elections.