Turkey's AKP wins big, fails to get absolute majority

June 12, 2011, midnight

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ERDOGAN was elected for a third term in parliamentary elections on Sunday, when his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) captured more than half of all votes cast. The AKP won about 50 percent of the votes, while the main opposition group, the Republican People’s Party, won nearly 26 percent. Turkey’s electoral system requires a party to win at least 10 percent of the national vote in order to enter parliament. The Nationalist Action Party captured 13 percent. Despite the AKP’s strong showing, the party failed to capture the 330 seats that would have allowed them to make changes to the country's constitution.

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