The Annan Plan
The elections produced a landslide victory for the Justice and Development Party (AKP), a moderate Islamist group led by the charismatic former mayor of Istanbul, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. With 363 out of 550 seats in the Assembly; it was just four short of the two-thirds majority needed to pass constitutional amendments. Meanwhile, none of the three governing parties, or any of the other parliamentary opposition parties, passed the 10 per cent threshold for parliamentary representation. Indeed, the only other party with seats in the new Assembly would be the Republican Peoples Party (CHP), a staunchly Kemalist centre-left party that had been out of the Grand National Assembly since 1999.
KeywordsEurope Assure Turkey Straw Liner
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