Map of the election results by party. yellow: AK Party, green: DTP, red: CHP, blue: MHP, purple: DSP, brown: BBP, gray: independent, pink: DP
Turkey held local elections 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 SP, DTP and 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 Cem Uzan's GP. The AK Party failed to take certain provinces it had publicly targeted, such as Diyarbakır,İzmir and Urfa, and did not achieve its goal of exceeding 47% of the overall vote. There was localized fighting in southeastern Turkey, where five people were reported to have been killed and about a hundred injured in election-related violence.