The "Justice and Development Party" is the largest political party in Turkey. It was forged in 2001 by the merger of several conservative, islamist and nationalist parties.
There has been controversy in Turkey over whether the party is committed to the secular principles enshrined in the constitution - despite their Islamist origins. Here you can find a compilation of all DW content referring to the AKP.
Turkish president Erdogan and his AK party are the big losers of Istanbul’s mayoral election. Will the opposition candidate’s victory be a turning point for the whole of Turkey? Our guests: Cagri Özdemir (DW), Laura Lale Kabis (DGAP), Alan Posener (Die Welt)
At the end of March, Ekrem Imamoglu shook up Turkish politics when he won elections to become the mayor of Istanbul. It was the first time in 25 years that President Erdogan's ruling party, the AKP, had lost control of the city. But Turkey's electoral board controversially ordered a rerun of the vote, putting Imamoglu at the center of an unprecedented political storm.