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Ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) won majority in Parliamentary elections of Turkey

The party founded by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan secured 376 seats which was 14 seats less needed to call a referendum on changing the constitution to increase the powers of the president.

Nov 2, 2015 12:00 IST
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Ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on 2 November 2015 won the Parliamentary elections of Turkey. The party founded by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan secured 316 seats in the 550-member parliament and garnered 49.4 percent of the vote.

The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) secured 134 seats with 25.4% votes, while, the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) won 59 seats and crossed the 10% threshold needed to claim seats. The nationalist Movement Party (MHP) won 41 seats will take seats in Ankara.

AKP won more than 276 seats needed to get a majority and form a government of its own. But, it fell 14 seats short of the amount needed to call a referendum on changing the Constitution and increasing the powers of the President.

However, with 60 more seats, that is, 376 seats would have helped the government to bring those changes without a referendum.

AKP came into power after losing its majority in June 2015 for the first time in 13 years, when it secured only 40 percent of the vote.

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