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Posted by Turkse Media
Jun 07, 2015

Turkey’s AK Party fails to win parliamentary majority

Pro-Kurdish party enters parliament for first time after taking 12 percent of vote

The preliminary count in Turkey’s 25th general election shows the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party has lost its parliamentary majority.

With 97.28 percent of votes counted, the party had received 41.21 percent of votes giving it 260 seats, 16 short of the number needed to form a government with a simple majority.

The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) passed the 10 percent threshold with 12.27 percent of the vote to take 78 seats – the first time it will enter parliament as a party.

The second-placed Republican People’s Party (CHP) secured 25.26 percent of vote to take 130 seats while the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) gained 16.62 percent to gain 82 seats.

With the AK Party unable to form a government on its own, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to ask it to form a coalition.

More than 53.7 million Turks were eligible to vote in polls to elect 550 deputies to the Grand National Assembly on Sunday.

 

AA | ANKARA

Jun 07, 2015
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