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Turkish local elections, 2009

Turkish local elections, 2009

March 29, 2009 (2009-03-29)

All 16 metropolitan and 2,903 district municipal mayors of Turkey
All 3,281 provincial and 32,393 municipal councillors of Turkey
  Majority party Minority party Third party
Leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Deniz Baykal Devlet Bahçeli
Party AK Party CHP MHP
Leader since 2001 1992 1997
Last election 1,762 mayors, 18,913 councillors, 41.67% 469 mayors, 6,023 councillors, 18.23% 247 mayors, 3,579 councillors, 10.45%
Mayors 1,452 506 484
Councillors 16,621 6,737 6,419
Popular vote^ 15,353,553 9,229,936 6,386,279
Percentage 38.39% 23.08% 15.97%
Swing Decrease3.28% Increase4.85% Increase5.52%

Results map showing the winners of the 81 provincial capitals of Turkey by party.

^ Four different elections in order to elect both types of councillor and mayor were held on the same day. The results shown here are the provincial councillor election results, which best reflect the overall voting intentions of the electorate. See the results section for the full results.

Turkey held local elections on 29 March 2009. The overall winner was the ruling party Justice and Development Party, although the party saw a decline in its vote relative to the 2007 general election. The leading opposition party, the social democratic Kemalist CHP, increased its vote share, as did a number of smaller parties including the SP, DTP and BBP, whose party leader Muhsin Yazıcıoğlu had died in a helicopter crash four days before the election. The third largest party, the Turkish nationalist MHP, enjoyed a more modest vote surge.[1] The election was not contested by Cem Uzan's GP.[2] The AK Party failed to take certain provinces it had publicly targeted, such as Diyarbakır,[3] İzmir and Urfa,[4] and did not achieve its goal of exceeding 47% of the overall vote.[5] There was localized fighting in southeastern Turkey, where five people were reported to have been killed and about a hundred injured in election-related violence.[5]

Provincial elections

Flags of political parties before the Turkish municipal elections in Şile. The most visible ones are Nationalist Movement Party and Justice and Development Party) flags.
CHP (Republican People's Party) election bus before the Turkish municipal elections in Kadıköy, Istanbul.
The provisional results for provincial councils (Turkish: il genel meclisi) are given below:
Party Party leader Vote total[1] Vote percentage
AKP Erdoğan 15,257,867 38.99
CHP Baykal 9,090,363 23.23
MHP Bahçeli 6,311,181 16.13
DTP Türk 2,116,684 5.41
SP Kurtulmuş 2,028,134 5.18
DP Soylu 1,450,782 3.71
DSP Sezer 1,073,553 2.74
BBP Yazıcıoğlu[2] 869,772 2.22
ANAP Uzun 294,568 0.75
BTP H. Baş 143,009 0.37
Independents 142,241 0.36
İP Perinçek 100,241 0.26
TKP E. Baş 68,882 0.18
ÖDP Kozanoğlu 57,193 0.15
EMEP Tüzel 43,977 0.11
MP Edibali 34,847 0.09
HAK-PAR Bozyel 25,222 0.06
LDP Toker 10,904 0.03
BDP Ayzit 6,868 0.02
HYP Öztürk 5,985 0.02
Total 39,163,652 100
1 Figures are provisional and will be subject to official review and confirmation.
2 Great Union Party (BBP) leader Muhsin Yazıcıoğlu died in a helicopter crash four days before the local elections.

District elections

Elections were also held for district mayors (ilçe başkanı) as well as neighbourhood presidents (muhtar).


  1. ^ Hürriyet Daily News. "Ruling party main loser in local ballot"
  2. ^ MSNBC. "Genç Parti yerel seçimlere katılmayacak"
  3. ^ Hürriyet Daily News. Pro-Kurdish DTP sweeps Diyarbakir
  4. ^ Hürriyet Daily News. "Turkey's AKP loses against independent Fakibaba"
  5. ^ a b Al Jazeera English. "AK party fails to sweep Turkey poll"
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