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Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Recep Erdogan wins Turkey's general election


Prime Minster Tayyip and his AK Party have won the majority mandate at the general election which took place on Sunday. This makes Recep Tayyip Erdogan the most successful prime minister in the history of Turkey's multiparty system.

The party won 49.9% of all votes, giving it 325 seats in parliament. The result falls short of the two-thirds majority needed to rewrite Turkey's 1982 military constitution without having to consult parliament.

The Republican People's party (CHP) came second with 25.9%. The only other party to gain seats in parliament, the Nationalist Movement party (MHP), took 13%, seemingly unaffected by a sex tape scandal that caused the resignation of 10 senior party members.

Thirty-six independent candidates, most of whom are backed by the Kurdish BDP, were also voted in, among whom was Kurdish campaigner Leyla Zana from Diyarbakir. Turnout was 84.79%.

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