Turkey's AKP Poised to Regain Majority in Early Election

Southeast Europe | November 1, 2015, Sunday // 19:55|  views

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The Justice and Development Party (AKP) is tipped for a landslide victory in Sunday's early election in Turkey, results suggest so far.

Turkey's Parliament is now likely to be made up of four parties, with AKP enjoying a stable majority though falling behind the two-thirds that would allow it to call a referendum on establishing a presidential regime.

Results so far are in sharp contrast to most projections of polling agencies, even of those who had forecast a confident victory suggesting it would improve its performance of June 7 when it lost its majority.

With nearly 96% of the vote counted, AKP has mustered 49.4% of the vote, leaving the People's Republican Party (CHP) far behind at 25.3%, data by state-run Anadolu Agency shows.

The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP)'s support is about 11.97% of the vote.

Pro-Kurdish People's Democracy Party (HDP) is likely to pass the ten-percent threshold and make it into Parliament, with support at just over 10.38%.

After June 7's election, neither party secured a stable majority, and coalition talks failed, prompting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, founder of AKP, to call an early poll.

If confirmed, results will translate into 315 seats for the AKP, 134 for the CHP, 42 for the MHP, and 59 for the HDP.

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Tags: turkey, AKP, CHP, MHP, HDP, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Justice Development Party


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