The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) is set to lead Turkey alone once again after a five-month break, according to unofficial preliminary results of snap polls.
— Borzou Daragahi (@borzou) 1 Novembre 2015
According to Rudaw.net: 9:22 pm – 99 percent of votes have been counted in Turkey and the latest updates about results are: AKP 49.4 percent, HDP 10.5 percent, CHP 25.3 percent, MHP 12 percent.
Electoral committees across the country’s 81 provinces, divided into 85 voting districts (Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir provinces have multiple districts), started the vote count after polls closed at 5 p.m. local time.
— Emre Peker (@wsjemre) 1 Novembre 2015
At least two thousand AKP supporters have gathered at the party’s HQ’s in Ankara,according to sources. They are waiting for an expected balcony victory speech, as more people arrive.
Images from Twitter show clashes in Diyarbakir. It confirms that Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannon at Kurdish activists who were protesting after the election delivered a clear victory to the AKP.
The clashes erupted outside the headquarters of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) in the main Kurdish city of in southeastern Turkey.
An AFP’s photographer said gunshots were heard but it was not immediately known if there were any casualties.
There are fears of a return to all-out war between the Turkish state and rebels from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) after tit-for-tat violence shattered a fragile 2013 ceasefire.
Turkey’s Escalating conflict
The polls were held amid instability spilling over to Turkey from neighbouring Syria and renewed tensions over the 30-year-old Kurdish conflict.
Three bomb attacks in recent months on political and activist rallies across Turkey, blamed on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), shocked the Turkish public, killing 139 people.
A bomb explosion in October at a peace rally in the capital, Ankara, killed 102 people. The violence marked the worst such attack in the country’s modern history.
Meanwhile, an escalating conflict with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a group fighting for more rights for Turkey’s ethnic Kurds, has killed scores of Turkish soldiers since a ceasefire and talks between the sides broke down in July.
Amid this atmosphere, the currency of the state, the Turkish lira, has massively depreciated, threatening the stability of the economy.
For Reuters, Investors and Western allies hoped the vote would help restore stability and confidence in an $800 billion economy, allowing Ankara to play a more effective role in stemming a flood of refugees from neighboring wars via Turkey into Europe and helping in the battle against Islamic State militants.
But in strengthening Erdogan, whose crackdowns on media freedoms and tightening grip on the judiciary have alarmed European leaders, the outcome is likely to mean relations with the West will remain strained.
Erdogan and the AKP have been a fierce critics, for example, of U.S. support for Kurdish militia fighters battling Islamic State (IS) in neighboring Syria.
Sources: Hürriyet Daily News, Anadoly Agency, The Guardian.com, Rudaw.net