1973 Turkish general election

General elections were held in Turkey on 14 October 1973. The result was a victory for the Republican People's Party (CHP), who won 185 of the 450 seats. Voter turnout was 66.8%.[1]

1973 Turkish general election

14 October 1973

Total of 450 seats of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey
226 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
Leader Bülent Ecevit Süleyman Demirel Ferruh Bozbeyli
Leader since 14 May 1972 28 November 1964 18 December 1970
Leader's seat Zonguldak Isparta Istanbul
Last election 143 seats, 27.4% 256 seats, 46.5% New party
Seats won 185 149 45
Seat change 42 107 New party
Popular vote 3,570,583 3,197,897 1,275,502
Percentage 33.3% 29.8% 11.9%
Swing 5.9% 16.7% New party

Prime Minister before election

Naim Talu

Elected Prime Minister

Bülent Ecevit

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However, 185 seats were not enough for CHP to form the government so they formed an alliance with the religious oriented National Salvation Party of Necmettin Erbakan in 26 January 1974. This controversial government could only last for ten months before its fall. The most important decision of the government was the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.


Party Votes % Seats +/–
Republican People's Party3,570,58333.3185+42
Justice Party3,197,89729.8149–107
Democratic Party1,275,50211.945New
National Salvation Party1,265,77111.848New
Republican Reliance Party564,3435.313–2
Nationalist Movement Party362,2083.43+2
Unity Party121,7591.11–7
Nation Party62,3770.60–6
Invalid/blank votes500,185
Source: Nohlen et al.


  1. Dieter Nohlen, Florian Grotz & Christof Hartmann (2001) Elections in Asia: A data handbook, Volume I, p257 ISBN 0-19-924958-X
  • , Brief explanation of the results
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