Turkey's polls: Erdogan may not be on the ballot, but his future rests on this election

Published June 7th, 2015 - 01:42 GMT
Erdogan and the AKP are pushing for a lot more than parliamentary seats in this election. (AFP/File)
Erdogan and the AKP are pushing for a lot more than parliamentary seats in this election. (AFP/File)

Right now Turkey is at the polls to vote for 550 members of its the Grand National Assembly, 367 of which will form the parliamentary body. But it's a lot more than numbers — today's outcome could change the country's constitution.

Elsewhere on Al Bawaba, we reported on the finer points of this pivotal election — namely on the fact that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his AKP party are pushing for a three-fifths majority in parliament. If they succeed, the aim to rewrite the constitution to reflect an executive presidency government, a.k.a., giving Erdogan executive authority for the next four years of his presidency.

But there's another party throwing a wrench in the AKP gears — the Kurdish leftist party, HDP.

For the first time, this historically sidelined party could bypass the ten percent electoral threshold needed to get into parliament. Get this, and they'll automatically be allotted 50 seats in the 367 seat parliament, which means bye-bye for Erdogan's AKP majority hopes.

To clear things up further, Reuters has provided a simple chart that explains three possible outcomes for the AKP, Turkey's constitution and the HDP. Check it out below. Via Twitter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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