Turkey: poll, AK ruling party may lose majority in June vote

It could be forced to form a coalition or a minority government

22 May, 12:53

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, MAY 22 - Turkey's ruling AK Party may lose its parliamentary majority in a June 7 election and be forced to form either a coalition or a minority government, as daily Today's Zaman reports quoting a poll privately commissioned by Turkish business and cited in newspapers on Friday. The poll by research firm Konda showed support for the AK Party dropping to 40.5% from 49.8% at the last general election in 2011, according to bankers who have seen the research and highlights published by Turkish dailies.

    The poll, which has not been made public by Konda, also showed the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) would garner 11.5% of the vote, above the 10% threshold needed to enter parliament. The prospect of the AK Party being unable to form a single-party government unnerved financial markets. The Konda poll predicted less than 29% of the vote for the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and less than 15% for the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). Konda has built a strong reputation over years for its research on parliamentary elections, although it overestimated support for president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a presidential election last August.


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