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Single party rule for AKP unlikely after snap election

26 August 2015

Recent polls conducted in Turkey show that the Justice and Development Party (AKP) will not gain enough votes to form a single-party government in a snap election scheduled for 1st November.

According to pollster Metropoll’s latest survey, the AKP stands at 41.7% of the votes, up from 40.9%in the 7th June election.

In the same poll, backing for the social democratic Republican People’s Party (CHP) was at 25.5%, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) at 15.7% and the Kurdish problem-focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) at 14.7%- an increase in its support from 13.1% in June.

“It seems like the snap elections will not generate a different political situation from the election on June 7,” Özer Sencar, the chairman of Metropoll, wrote in the survey report.

Metropoll said that 2,520 people were polled between 14-16th August.

The president of opinion poll company, ANAR, confirmed there has not been a major shift in voters’ decisions since the June elections, despite important developments such as terror attacks and worsening economy.

“I say that the voter trend seen in the June 7 election continues. And there is no reason for change,” İbrahim Uslu said in an interview with ‘Al Jazeera’. Uslu claimed that the AKP increased its votes by only 1-2%, which is in the margin of error. “There is no other party than the HDP that gains from this terror atmosphere,” he added.

Uslu, who is seen as a figure close to the AKP government, did not reveal the details of his company’s survey on which he based his analysis.

Hurriyet

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