Fri Jun 12, 2015 8:43AM
Leader of the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) Selahattin Demirtas addresses supporters during celebrations for election results in Istanbul on June 8, 2015. (AFP photo)
Leader of the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) Selahattin Demirtas addresses supporters during celebrations for election results in Istanbul on June 8, 2015. (AFP photo)

In the June 7 parliamentary election, Turkish President Reccep Tayyip Erdogan’s AKP lost its parliamentary majority for the first time since coming to power in 2002.

The left-wing People’s Democratic Party (HDP) easily surpassed the required 10 percent threshold and thwarted AKP from acquiring an outright victory.

Selahattin Demirtas, HDP’s co-leader, has called for an immediate end to Ankara’s support for terrorists in Syria.

On June 5, the opposition daily Cumhuriyet accused Turkey’s authorities and intelligence agency of helping smuggle ISIL and other Takfiri terrorists into Syria from Turkish soil.

The Turkish daily further revealed in its report that the extremists had been brought to the Turkish border town of Reyhanli in a secret operation in January last year.

In this edition of Comment, we ask: Will Turkey's election result help suffocate ISIL?