Jun 26 2018

Turkish election winner the biggest loser, says opposition leader

The leader of Turkey’s main opposition said on Tuesday that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP), which won parliamentary elections on Sunday, was in fact the biggest loser.

But Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, who has now led the leftist Republican People’s Party (CHP) to defeats at four parliamentary elections, two presidential elections and two referendums since he took over the role in 2010, did not broach the subject of resigning as leader of the party.

Kılıçdaroğlu said his party had reduced the AKP share of the vote from 49 percent to 42 percent during a state of emergency that gave the government sweeping powers and at a time when more than 90 percent of the media was controlled by Erdoğan’s party.

“There is only one loser in these elections and that’s the AKP. They lost seven points. And the winner is democracy,” Kılıçdaroğlu told a news conference in his first public coments since losing Sunday’s presidential and parliamentary elections.

The CHP received 22.6 percent of the vote in parliamentary polls and its presidential candidate Muharrem İnce received 30.6 percent in the presidential election.

The CHP has not won a general election since 1977.