Election results leave main opposition disappointed

The main opposition Republican Peopleand’s Party (CHP) only slightly increased its votes in Sundayand’s early election, leaving the party, which expected to get up to 30 percent of the votes, highly disappointed.
The CHP got 25.3 percent of the votes in the general election, up from 24.9 in the June 7 election.
The party, which won 132 seats in Parliament in the last election, will now be represented by 134 deputies.
The election result is a big disappointment for the main opposition party. CHP leader Kemal Kiliandcdaroilu said in a press statement late on the election night that the result put further responsibility on the partyand’s shoulders.
Underlining that his party respects the election results, Kiliandcdaroilu said the steps towards change in his party would go ahead decisively.
He also added: and”Nobody should fear about Turkeyand’s future. The CHP brought democracy to this country and the CHP will again strengthen it.and”
The party is expected to have its congress in December, or possibly in early 2016, and Kiliandcdaroilu may see his chairmanship challenged as the partyand’s votes hovered around 25 percent despite hopes of winning nearly 30 percent.
The election results reveals that the CHPand’s constructive attitude towards efforts for the formation of a coalition government and its encompassing discourse towards all segments of society following the June election did not pay off.
The partyand’s economic promises, which, most agreed, caught the publicand’s attention ahead of the June election, did not help the party increase its votes.
The party did not manage to win any deputies in 35 provinces.
In the June election, the CHP led in votes in 10 provinces, but this figure fell to six in Sundayand’s election. The CHP won the most votes in izmir, Aydin, Muila, Edirne, Kirklareli and Tekirdai.
In the provinces where the party emerged as the leading party in the June election — namely, andcanakkale, Eskiiehir, Zonguldak and Mersin — it has now become the second party, probably because a good portion of the voters who voted for the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) in the June election chose to vote for the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) instead.
Possibly thanks to andOztandurk Yilmaz, Turkeyand’s former consul in Mosul, who was kidnapped by the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) when it captured the consulate in Mosul last year, the CHP managed to win a deputy in Ardahan.
The CHP is expected to go over the election results in detail in the partyand’s top bodies.
In a previous congress in September of last year, Muharrem ince unsuccessfully ran against Kiliandcdaroilu for party chairmanship, but still got many more votes than expected.
ince received a surprising 415 votes in the vote for party chair, although prior to the congress he was nominated as a candidate by only 177 delegates.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN

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