Selahattin Demirtas
Selahattin Demirtas, co-chairman of the pro-Kurdish People's Democracy Party (HDP), addresses his supporters during an election rallyReuters

The co-leader of pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) Selahattin Demirtas has said that he is ready to form a coalition government with all parties except the ruling AK party of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Following a surprising result that saw the HDP confidently passing the threshold of 10% to enter Parliament, Demirtas said "we will be a tough opposition actor but will not avoid responsibility if given a role".

The so-called "Kurdish Obama" also called for flamboyant President Erdogan to stay within the limits of the constitution. Demirtas told the media that if the government wants to hear something about disarmament of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) "they have to send their committee to Imrali Island" where the Kurdish separatist leader Abdullah Ocalan is jailed.

He added that a peace process with the PKK should accelerate.

Turkey's parliamentary elections have seen the AK Party lose the majority it had held for 13 years. In a blow to Erdogan's ambitions to change the constitution and turn Turkey into a presidential regime, the AKP won only 41% of all seats, representing an eight-point drop since the 2011 elections.

For the first time, many people who traditionally voted for the Republican People's Party (CHP), founded by Turkish national hero Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in 1923, tactically voted for the HDP.