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Erdogan’s AKP wins back majority at Parliament

BEIRUT |, with agencies - November 02, 2015, 07h56

Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) on Sunday won a critical parliamentary election, regaining the majority it lost in June. With more than the 276 seats needed to get a majority, the party will now be able to form a government on its own, the BBC reported.

On Sunday night, state-run Anadolu Agency said that AKP had won 49.4% of the vote, with the main opposition CHP on 25.4%.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said voters had "shown that they prefer action and development to controversy".

The pro-Kurdish HDP crossed the 10% threshold needed to claim seats.

The nationalist MHP will also take seats in Ankara.

In a statement, Mr Erdogan said the electorate had "given proof of their strong desire for the unity and integrity" of Turkey.

This large victory was unexpected: Polls had indicated the AKP would receive only between 40-43% of the vote, in line with how it fared in June when it lost its majority for the first time in 13 years.

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