Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) suffered a major setback in yesterday’s general election, losing their parliamentary majority.
While it still received more votes than any other party, losing the single-party majority bodes poorly for Erdogan’s plans to change the constitution to give the president more powers in Turkish affairs. The pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) received a double-digit percentage of the vote for the first time, meaning it will finally be represented in parliament, with some 80 lawmakers.
For Turkish daily Türkiye, the results usher in a "Coalition Era," as it writes on Monday's front page, with AKP leaders forced to try to form an alliance with opposition parties. If no parliamentary majority can be secured within six weeks, new elections could be called.
ABOUT THE SOURCE: Türkiye is a right-wing, Turkish-language daily newspaper founded by Enver Ören in 1970. It is headquartered in Istanbul.