Turkish general election, 2002

Turkish General Election, 2002

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Turkish general election, 2002

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Turkey's 15th general election was held on November 3, 2002 following the collapse of the DSP-MHP-ANAP coalition led by Bülent Ecevit. It was won by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), led by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, producing a crushing majority in spite of their winning just 34.3% of the national vote. All parties previously elected to parliament failed to win enough votes to re-enter the Grand National Assembly. The only other party to cross the 10 percent election barrier was the Republican People's Party, (CHP) which made a triumphant return after being voted out three years previously. The election produced Turkey's first single party government since 1987 and the country's first two-party parliament in 48 years.


Voting ended in the country's 32 eastern provinces at 3pm, having begun an hour earlier in morning, and in the remaining 49 provinces at 4pm. Counting began immediately afterwards.

A press black-out was placed on all results by the electoral authority so that it could ensure all ballot boxes were secure, but even when it became clear that every box in the country had been sealed, the authority refused to sway from its original deadline of 9pm. With early results being already announced by foreign media outlets, Turkish television switched to a live shot of the Electoral Authority headquarters until an announcement was made at 7.30pm revoking the black-out.

Total votes and seats for each party


The election was widely...
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