“Thriller” with the municipality of Ankara
By Manolis Kostidis – Ankara
Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the winner of the local elections in Turkey. Despite the dozens of corruption scandals that led four ministers to resign and despite the bans on Twitter and YouTube, the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) received 46.3% and the Republican People’s Party (CHP) 27.1% of the votes as was predicted by most opinion polls. The results relate to the 37.7% of counted votes.
Third party is the Nationalist Action Party (MIP) with 13.8% of the votes. In the 2011 national elections AKP had received 49.2% of the votes.
According to preliminary estimates the AKP wins the municipality of Istanbul and the CHP the municipality of Izmir.
Electoral suspense in Ankara
Suspense in the turkish capital. The candidate of CHP in Ankara, Mansur Yavaş, in an announced claimed that he is the winner of the elections, while the state news agency Anadolu broadcasts that the candidate of the AKP, Melih Gökçek, is in the lead. Ankara is of great importance, because if Erdogan loses this municipality he will lose the impressions factor. The current mayor Gökçek said that “we are ahead in most municipalities in Ankara and I believe that we are the winners”.
There is disagreement in the announcement of the results. The state agency “Anatoli”, which is controlled by the government gives highest percentages to AKP, while the agency Cihan, which is controlled by the Islamist Gulen guild gives higher percentages to CHP.
The turkish media broadcast the data of both agencies and no one knows who is giving the correct results. The final results will be announced by the High Elections Committee.
The electoral map of Turkey shows that the cities of eastern Thrace and the Aegean coast are controlled by the CHP, while all other cities except the ones in southeastern Turkey are controlled by the AKP.
In southeastern Turkey many provinces were won by the pro-Kurdish (BDP), which got 7% of the votes in the whole country.
Erdogan in the hospital
Late in the evening the Turkish prime minister departed from his home in Istanbul and visited the hospital Medipol. He stayed there for about an hour. Later, he left the hospital and went to the airport to travel to Ankara. Nobody gives information as to why Erdogan visited the hospital and if he has a health problem .
Minutes after the announcement of the results, the MP of the AKP, Ahmet Öksüzkaya, announced his resignation from the parliamentary group of the ruling party. “I do not agree with the latest policies of my party in regard to democracy and justice”, he stated in his announcement.