Jun 26 2018

Turkey may be headed for elections in 2 years, says pollster

The head of a leading polling agency in Turkey has said if political parties are unable to work in agreement following Sunday’s presidential and parliamentary elections, the country could be heading for elections in two years.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan claimed victory in Sunday’s polls, receiving 52.58 percent of the vote in the presidential election while his Justice and Development Party (AKP), in alliance with the National Movement Party (MHP), secured a majority in parliament. The Turkish president will have increased powers granted to him by a new executive presidential system. Erdoğan’s closest challenger, Muharrem Ince of the secular Republican People’s Party (CHP), won more than 30 percent of the vote. The pro-Kurdish Peoples Democratic Party (HDP) defied all odds, surpassing the 10 percent threshold to make it into parliament.

Bekir Ağırdır of KONDA polling said that there were four winners in Sunday’s polls and their approach post-elections would determine the fate of Turkey, left-wing Cumhuriyet daily reported.

‘’The winners are Erdoğan, the HDP, CHP presidential candidate İnce and the MHP,’’ Ağırdır said. ‘’If consensus cannot be reached between them, these elections will become a dress rehearsal and we’ll be headed for elections in another two years.’’

Ağırdır noted hope for change rests with the AKP and main opposition CHP’s ability to create an environment of rapprochement in Parliament.