Turkey held its general elections today for 550 seats in the Grand National Assembly. Following are some of the reactions that are emerging online as the first results are being announced.
Moroccan lawyer Ibn Kafka tweeted updates from the Turkish elections all day. He notes:
Kurdish #BDP candidates had to compete as independents in order to get elected – apparently 32 of them managed to do so #TurkishElections
Ibn Kafka also updates us with results so far:
With 85,4% of votes counted, seats in Turkey's parliament as follows: AKP 326, CHP 136 , MHP 56, 33 (Kurdish) independents v @Hurriyet
James Rasheed is ecstatic. He tweets:
AK Party wining general elections held today in Turkey. A huge victory for AK party and democracy. Congrats Recep Tayyip Erdogan #secim2011
British Kurdish writer and editor Ruwayda Mustafah, who describes herself as feminist and Muslim, is still looking for reactions. She tweets:
Looking for live tweets on Turkey election, anyone? #TwitterKurds
Another Kurdish Twitter user Heballo Azad notes:
#TwitterKurds Even when we hear the positive news, we can't thoroughly enjoy it because we're so anxious about the aftermath!
Qubad Talabani has questions. He asks:
Does anyone know what % of Independants running are BDP candidates? @nuhyilmaz #TwitterKurds #Secim2011
Meanwhile, Esra Dogramaci reacts to Al Jazeera's coverage of the elections saying:
Love how @AJEnglish has included Google's doodle for #Turkishelections today (scroll down on the liveblog) http://t.co/K3nBXFe #secim2011