^ 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.
Local elections were held in
Turkey 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
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. The election was not contested by
GP. The AKP failed to take certain
provinces it had publicly targeted, such as
Urfa, and did not achieve its goal of exceeding 47% of the overall vote.
There was localized election-related fighting in southeastern Turkey, in which five people were reported to have been killed and about a hundred injured.
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