Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s hopes of assuming greater power suffered a major setback on 7 June 2015, when the ruling AK Party he founded failed to win an outright majority in a parliamentary election for the first time.
The AKP took 40.8 per cent of the vote, down from 49.8 per cent at the last parliamentary election in 2011.
However, for jubilant Kurds, who flooded the streets of the south-eastern city of Diyarbakir setting off fireworks and waving flags, there was plenty to celebrate. The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party crossed a 10 per cent threshold to enter parliament for the first time.
The AKP’s failure to win an overall majority marked an end to more than a decade of stable single-party rule.