Turkey hosts live election event in New York

NEW YORK (AA) – Turkey hosted a media event in New York to give journalists the live results of Turkey’s general election Sunday.

The event at the Ink48 Hotel in midtown Manhattan featured a live feed of the most up-to-date election results from Anadolu Agency immediately after the Supreme Election Board removes the embargo on election broadcasting.

The results, percentages of votes and turnout instantly transmitted, with comparisons to the 2011 parliamentary poll.

Simultaneous English translation of Turkish TV channels is also provided to journalists.

The event features a panel discussion at 3 p.m. local time (1900GMT) by leading experts on elections and geopolitics, including former U.S. Deputy Homeland Advisor Rand Beers, Pulitzer prize-winner Judith Miller, former Republican congressman and TV talk show host Joe Scarborough and Douglas Schoen, advisor to former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

The panel moderated by Steve Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media.

The polls have closed in Turkey’s 25th general election.

Anadolu Agency  transmited results to its subscribers via the secim.aa.com.tr website, as well as on its English-language website.

The agency proved itself while following Turkey’s local and presidential elections in 2014 when approximately 85 percent of media institutions in Turkey subscribed to its special broadcast.

Turkey election: More women MPs than ever


Turkey’s 25th parliamentary election Sunday may have produced no majority government, but the parliament is already in the books with the highest number of women deputies in Turkish history.

With over 99.9 of the votes counted, the unofficial results show a total of 96 women parliamentarians securing seats in the Turkish Grand National Assembly.

The figure marks a notable rise against the background of the 2011 parliamentary election, when the Grand Assembly saw 79 women delegates.

Winning the 40.8 percent of the votes but failing to form a government of their own, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) sent 41 women into the parliament members, five less than the 2011 election, becoming the only party with seats to lose women deputies.

The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), which passed the 10 percent threshold with 13.11 percent of the vote to take 79 seats, has the support of 31 women MPs in its first time in the parliament as a party.

The HDP, which had a number of women members who won as independents in the 2011 election, has more than doubled its women deputy tally from 11 to 31.

One of the highlights among the HDP’s women MPs is Dilek Ocalan, nephew of the outlawed terrorist organization PKK’s leader Abdullah Ocalan who is in the jail.


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