The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) is set to lead Turkey in its own rights after last Sunday’s general elections with 49.4 percent of the votes, while 98.9 percent of the votes have been counted.
The AK Party is followed by the centre-left Republican People’s Party (CHP) with 25.4 of the votes, far-right Nationalist Action Party (MHP) with 11.9 percent and the pro-Kurdish left-wing Peoples’ Demcoratic Party (HDP) with 10.7 percent.
AK Party is predicted to claim 316 seats in the 550-seat parliament, chased by CHP with 134 seats, HDP with 59 seats and MHP with 41 seats. Parties need to secure 276 seats to govern the country alone.
More than 54 million people were registered to vote at some 175,000 stations. The participation rate stood at 86.1 percent.
Addressing AK Party supporters in his hometown Konya, Prime Minister and AK Party leader Ahmet Davutoglu said that all 78 million people of Turkey would be embraced, whether or not they voted for the party.
“We are here to plant seeds of love. There is no rival or enemy on this land. There is only affection,” he said.
Supporters of the AK Party say it changed the decades-long secularist military and bureaucracy-powered politics of Turkey, freeing the religiously conservative parts of the society and converted an ailing economy plagued by chronic inflation into a growing and stable one.