Zaman, Nov. 2, 2015
"Alone in power," writes Turkish daily Zaman on its Monday front page, after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoganâ€™s Justice and Development Party (AKP) swept back to victory in Sundayâ€™s parliamentary elections.
In a defeat for political moderates, secularists and Kurds, the AKP will return to governing the country alone after winning 49.4% of the vote, enough to secure an outright parliamentary majority. It will still need the support of representatives from other parties to execute Erdoganâ€™s plans for a new constitution, which would replace the countryâ€™s parliamentary system with a presidential one.
According to Zaman, local media are reporting allegations of vote rigging.
The voting was marred by clashes between police and supporters of the pro-Kurdish Peopleâ€™s Democratic Party (HDP), whose surprising rise in Juneâ€™s election had prevented the AKP from obtaining a majority. The campaign itself was also marked by widespread violence and terrorist attacks, as well as police raids on opposition TV stations days before the vote.