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AKP gains Turkey's parliamentary elections
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08:26, July 23, 2007

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The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of Turkey gained 47.4 percent of the 80.3 percent votes counted at present in parliamentary elections, Turkish local NTV channel reported on Sunday.

Supporters of AKP began to celebrate the early results of the election in front of AKP headquarters in Ankara. Firecracker can be heard all over the city.

According to 80.3 percent of votes that have been counted, the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) gained 20.1 percent of the votes, ranking the second place and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) gained 14.7 percent, taking the third lead, the report said.

Both the three parties passed the 10 percent threshold to enter the parliament. Seats that has been allocated to the parties are: AKP, 342; CHP, 109; MHP 72; independent candidates, 27.

During the counting process, Democrat Party leader Mehmet Agar announced that he resigned as his party only got 5.7 percent of votes.

Turkey's elective law regulates that parties that cannot get 10 percent of votes will have no seats in the parliament.

Voting process for electing 550 parliament members has ended across Turkey as of 5:00 p.m. (1400 GMT).

Fourteen political parties and a total of 7,394 candidates, including 699 independent candidates, run for the elections.

The elections were scheduled to be held on Nov. 4 but were brought forward almost four months because of the failure to elect a new president after the CHP boycotted the presidential election in late April and early May.

Source: Xinhua

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