1965 Turkish general election

General elections were held in Turkey on 10 October 1965. The result was a victory for the Justice Party, which won 240 of the 450 seats.[1] Voter turnout was 71.3%.

1965 Turkish general election

← 1961 10 October 1965 1969 →

450 seats in the Grand National Assembly
226 seats needed for a majority
Turnout71.26% (Decrease10.15pp)
  First party Second party Third party
  Demirel 1976 cropped.jpg İsmet İnönü 1964 (cropped).jpg Osman Bölükbaşı (cropped).jpg
Leader Süleyman Demirel İsmet İnönü Osman Bölükbaşı
Last election 34.78%, 158 seats 36.73%, 173 seats
Seats won 240 134 31
Seat change Increase82 Decrease39 New
Popular vote 4,921,235 2,675,785 582,704
Percentage 52.87% 28.75% 6.26%
Swing Increase18.09pp Decrease7.98pp New

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Prime Minister before election

Suat Hayri Ürgüplü

Elected Prime Minister

Süleyman Demirel

Electoral systemEdit

The national remnant electoral system was used. This was a two-tier system of party-list proportional representation, with the country divided into 66 districts. In each district, parties were awarded one seat for each Hare quota. Remaining votes and seats were pooled on the national level, where the remaining seats were distributed amongst the parties using the remaining votes using the Hare quota and largest remainder method.[2]


Justice Party4,921,23552.87240+82
Republican People's Party2,675,78528.75134–39
Nation Party582,7046.2631New
New Turkey Party346,5143.7219–46
Workers' Party276,1012.9714New
Republican Villagers Nation Party208,6962.2411–43
Valid votes9,307,56395.48
Invalid/blank votes441,1154.52
Total votes9,748,678100.00
Registered voters/turnout13,679,75371.26
Source: Nohlen et al.


  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen, Florian Grotz & Christof Hartmann (2001) Elections in Asia: A data handbook, Volume I, p272 ISBN 0-19-924958-X
  2. ^ Nohlen et al., p239