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Turkey's ruling party headed for victory in Turkish election

13 June 2011 [08:30] - TODAY.AZ
Counted 93 percent of votes cast in parliamentary elections held Sunday in Turkey. According to information at 20:45 local time, the ruling Justice and Development Party is leading with 50.3% of the vote (327 members).

Republican People's Party finished second with 25.8% of votes (135 deputies), the third - Nationalist Movement Party with 13.6% of votes (53 deputies).

A total of 550 people will be elected for Turkish Parliament.

The main competitors in this election will be the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), of which leader is Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).

Erdogan's party has been in power in Turkey since November 2002. At the last parliamentary elections held in June 2007, it gained about 47 percent of the votes and formed a single-party government. A total of 50 million Turkish citizens voted.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President Abdullah Gul and other opposition leaders have already voted in parliamentary elections.


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