Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the inconclusive results of the country’s recent parliamentary polls show that no party can govern alone.
The results from Sunday’s polls broke with the longstanding precedent of giving Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) an absolute majority. With nearly all the votes counted, the AKP had 40.8 percent of the vote, giving it just 258 seats in the 550-member parliament. The results mean that the AKP must form a coalition government.
Erdogan said on Monday the fact that no party had won an overall majority was a “real and healthy” reflection of the election race.
“With the highest of turnouts, the polls reflect the will of our dear nation and its commitment to democracy,” said Erdogan.
“In this new process, it is of great importance that all the political forces show responsible behavior and the necessary sensitivity to preserve the atmosphere of stability and confidence in our country and our democratic achievements,” he said.
The Republican People’s Party came second with 25 percent. The opposition Nationalist Movement Party and the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party won 16.5 and 13 percent respectively.
Their leaders have both ruled out the possibility of forming a coalition government with the rival AKP.
By Press TV