Turkey’s surprise indecisive parliamentary elections June 7 has left the ruling party in the minority for the first time since 2002, pushing defense procurement decisions and top programs into uncertainty.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) won 41 percent of the vote and 259 seats in parliament, 18 short of the minimum 276 seats necessary to have the majority in the 550-seat legislature. The AKP is in talks to form a coalition government with any of the three opposition parties that entered parliament.
It remains unclear which party will ally with the AKP. If neither the AKP nor the opposition can form a government within 45 days after June 7, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will call for early elections. Observers say any election this year would produce more or less the same results. […]