Natalie Martin

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Flying the flag for the HDP. EPA/Sedat Suna

There was never any real doubt that the ruling Islamist AK Party would get the most votes in the Turkish parliamentary election of June 7, and so it has. But the shocking result is nevertheless a body blow to the ambitions of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his party.

The AKP won around 41% of the vote to take 258 seats in the 550-seat parliament. This is a substantial drop in support since the last parliamentary election in 2011, and a dramatic change in fortunes since Erdoğan was elected president in August 2014 with more than half the electorate behind him.…  Seguir leyendo »