Justice and Development Party’s decisive election victory dominates front pages of Turkish dailies on Monday


World Bulletin / News Desk

All Monday’s papers covered Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development, or AKP’s, victory in the country’s Nov. 1 snap elections to elect 550 deputies to the Turkish parliament.

Turnout in Sunday’s poll was 85.46 percent as 48.2 million Turks cast their votes.

“Decision of the ballot box,” was HURRIYET’s front page, reporting that the Turkish electorate put the AKP into power with 49.41 percent votes (316 seats).

According to preliminary results, with 99.58 percent of votes counted, the AKP – which secured single-party rule – was followed by the Republican People's Party (CHP) which received 25.38 percent (134 seats).

The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) got 11.93 percent votes (41 seats) while the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) secured 10.7 percent (59 seats).

The vote had been called following June's inconclusive general election that saw no party win a majority and coalition talks failing to produce an administration.

HURRIYET also quoted Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu who spoke in his hometown of Konya hours after initial results showed the AKP had regained its parliamentary majority.

In his speech Davutoglu gave messages from Mevlana, a 13th-century poet, Islamic scholar and Sufi mystic who is buried in Konya, promising to embrace the whole of Turkey, the daily wrote.

“Today is a new day, a new milestone,” Davutoglu was quoted as saying by HURRIYET: “We got your message at the June 7 election and Nov. 1.”

“By far, single party [government],” was MILLIYET’s headline, while SABAH wrote “Ballot-box revolution”.

According to SABAH, the Turkish electorate “opened a new door not only to a new government but also a new regime,” adding, “the next is [to form] a civil constitution”.

CUMHURIYET ran with the headline “Quake – 3 political parties were shaken deeply.”

According to the daily, Turkish people who had voted for a coalition government on June 7 election, paved the way for a single-party rule with their support to the governing party.

“MHP collapsed, no resignation,” read VATAN’s front page, reporting that the nationalist party had lost almost two million votes at the Nov. 1 election compared to June 7.

Featuring a picture of concerned-looking MHP leader Devlet Bahceli, the daily said that he had lost his 15th election.

“Victory of the hodja [teacher],” was HABERTURK’s headline, referring to Davutoglu’s title as a political science professor.

The daily wrote that the AKP received a record 23 million votes.

According to the daily, CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu told journalists at his party’s office in Ankara following the preliminary results: “We respect the recent situation.”

The HDP’s joint leaders – Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag – acknowledged the results, despite a fall in the party’s vote since June.

Speaking at a news conference, Demirtas said: “We will work as the third party [in the parliament].”

STAR quoted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on its front page, saying: “Everybody should respect [the result], while YENI SAFAK wrote: “Magnificent victory.”

Güncelleme Tarihi: 02 Kasım 2015, 11:36