Turkey's Supreme Board of Election announces official results of June 12 ballot

11:01, June 24, 2011      

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Turkey's Supreme Board of Election on Thursday announced official results of the June 12 ballot, saying Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) was poised to win the parliamentary elections with 49.8 percent of the total votes.

According to the official results published in Thursday's Official Gazette, 43,914,948 people cast their votes in the elections, 973,185 votes were accepted invalid. The voter turnout was 83.16 percent in the election.

Under the official results, the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) got 25.98 percent of the total votes, the second biggest opposition party Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), 13.02 percent and independents, 6.59 percent.

According to the votes, the AKP collect 327 seats in the parliament, the CHP get 135 seats, the MHP 53, seats and independents, 35 seats.

On June 12, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, also AKP chairman, said in a speech to supporters celebrating their victory at AKP headquarters in Ankara that they were pleased with the result, noting that his party received 21 million votes on June 12, up from 16 million votes in the elections of 2007.

Founded in 2001 by former members of several other parties including the banned Islamist Virtue Party, the AKP came into office in 2002, just after economic crises that marked the 1990s of Turkey.

Led by Erdogan, it has achieved an unchallengeable economic record while carrying out EU-inspired reforms to shake off coup era dust and kudos-winning diplomacy in its region.

Under the AKP rule, Turkey became the world's 17th largest economy and rebounded from the global recession last year with an 8.9 percent growth.

The AKP also succeeded to open EU accession talks in 2005, which boosted economic, social and political reforms attracting foreign investment to the country. Meanwhile, reforms diminishing the Turkish army's role in political life have brought political stability.

Under the parliamentary by-law, the general assembly convenes at 3:00 p.m. (1200 GMT) on the fifth day after publishing of the official results in the Official Gazette. Accordingly, the parliament will convene on June 28. New members of the parliament will take their oaths during the opening session.

Source: Xinhua
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