AKP supporters rally in Istanbul ahead of the June 12 vote. [EPA]
As Turkey goes to the polls on June 12, 2011, in elections with crucial consequences for the country, Al Jazeera brings you the latest developments, campaign trail colour, analysis and reaction.
Al Jazeera's senior political analyst examines the consequences of Turkey's parliamentary elections as Recep Tayyip Erdogan is elected to a third term as prime minister.What is the significance of this result?
Clearly the Turkish people have given him an extra few points to underline their satisfaction with the economic situation, and the progress Turkey has made over the last decade.
It disappointed many in the Arab world, in that it did not act swiftly and categorically to condemn the Libyan and Syrian leaders, and ask them to step down.Now, in the last few days, we have witnessed Erdogan taking a far more principled stand - perhaps a bit late, but late is better than never. But clearly it is not enough for Turkey to turn over a new page with the Arab world.I spoke with foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu extensively this week about Turkey’s relations with the Arab world.
I think we should expect that Turkey will make a major foreign policy stand or statement that will underline and clarify future Turkish policy with its neighbours, and make it clear that it stands with change and will not stand with those who are indifferent to, or resistant to, change in the Arab region.