National Alliance defeated by polarization in parliamentary election

The National Alliance — an electoral coalition of the Felicity Party (SP) and the Grand Unity Party (BBP) — has failed to achieve what it desired in the June 7 parliamentary election, with the leaders of both parties attributing the result to the highly tense atmosphere and polarization in the country.
The alliance expected to pass the 10 percent election threshold but was only able to garner 3 percent of the vote, according to unofficial election results. The party leaders believe that President Recep Tayyip Erdoganand’s rallies and the Justice and Development Partyand’s (AK Party) threats and warnings about a possible coalition government prevented people from voting for the National Alliance.
The SP is a descendant of the National View (Milli GandOrandui) movement, from which the AK Party also grew.
The optimism that emerged after the establishment of an alliance between the SP and BBP increased the collective share of the vote of both parties to 8 percent, according to some public surveys. Party leaders were also expecting that part of the AK Party vote would be transferred to the alliance, but these hopes did not materialize, with conservative AK Party supporters largely favoring political stability in the country and continuing to vote for the AK Party.
Claiming that a systematic perception operation had been carried out against his party, BBP Deputy Chairman Remzi andcayir told Todayand’s Zaman on Monday that the BBPand’s share of the vote had increased to 7 percent following the announcement of the alliance, with the percentage even reaching 9 percent according to one survey in Ankara in May. However, andcayir claimed that voters were convinced that the alliance would not be able to pass the threshold due to a systematic campaign.
andcayir also said that the tension and polarization in society created by the AK Party government affected the alliance very negatively and that people looked for ways to decrease the power of the AK Party, and thus wanted either the National Alliance or the pro-Kurdish Peoplesand’ Democratic Party (HDP) to enter Parliament. and”Due to the campaign against the allianceand’s ability to pass the threshold, voters who think like this turned their faces to the HDP,and” he said.
The HDP passed the threshold, receiving some 13 percent of the vote, according to unofficial estimates.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman