PES congratulates its member parties CHP & HDP with historic election result

Yesterday Turkish voters took to the polls to elect a new Parliament. Through massive participation in a peaceful democratic vote, they changed the outlook of the political landscape in Turkey. PES associate party HDP wrote history by surpassing the electoral threshold of ten percent, while CHP obtained the second highest result with 25% of the votes. President Erdogan’s AK Party lost the absolute majority, obtaining 41 % of the vote.

"After years of attempts to accumulate all the power in his own hands, limiting the freedom of expression, be it against the critical media or against opposition parties and dissenting social movements, Recep Tayyip Erdogan wakes up in front of a new Turkey raising its voice through a peaceful democratic vote", said PES President Sergei Stanishev. "Despite their diversity our two member parties can represent an alternative to a political dominion which lasted for more than a decade and seemed undefeatable. The European progressive family will continue to support the efforts of both CHP and HDP in uniting the country, defending civil and political rights and in promoting a social agenda which can face the current and upcoming challenges. Following this uncertain outcome it is important that all political forces contribute to the stability and development of Turkey in line with democratic values".

After such a strong showing of democracy, we are hopeful that the next Turkish government will respect the demands of the people, who clearly voted for a free, democratic and pluralistic society.

About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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