Deputy chairman says AK Party won’t seek ‘revenge,’ whole nation winner of polls

Todays Zaman
Publication date: 
Nov 03 2015

Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Deputy Chairman and Spokesperson Ömer Çelik has said the whole nation is the winner of Sunday's vote, stressing the party will not seek “revenge” from its critics.

“We are not a party of revenge. We are a party that acts with the maturity and the responsibility to rule the country. The politics of revenge, the negative language of revenge are all absent in our book,” Çelik said at a press conference on Monday when commenting on the election results that granted the AK Party the parliamentary majority it lost in the June election.

“The winner of the election is the AK Party. Most of the other parties had losses. However, although there are parties that lost, there is not a single citizen who lost in the election. Turkey woke up to a peaceful day today. All of our citizens won. This is the victory of the nation,” he added.

The ruling AK Party secured a stunning victory in Sunday's snap parliamentary election, sweeping back into single-party rule only five months after losing it.

With all of the ballots counted early on Monday, the preliminary results showed that the party won more than 49 percent of the vote. It was projected to get 317 seats in the 550-member Parliament, restoring the party's single-party majority that it had lost in a June election.