Turkey's election threshold to stay at 10 pct in 2011 vote: official

11:07, July 17, 2010      

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Turkish political parties will have to obtain at least 10 percent of the votes in the upcoming general elections to be held next July to obtain seats in the parliament, an official said on Friday.

In an interview broadcast on private news channel Haberturk, Turkish State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek said "we could make a theoretical discussion somewhere else but 2011 elections will be held with a 10 percent threshold."

The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) has recently submitted to the Turkish parliament a bill to lower the election threshold to 7 percent from 10 percent.

"While it is true that the parliament should represent the greatest number of people, but the parliament must also produce a functional government," Cicek said.

"A country that needs to face so many vital problems and to make fundamental reforms cannot afford five-party coalition governments," he said.

In the 2007 general elections, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) obtained 46.6 percent of votes nationwide, the CHP won 20.9 percent and Movement Action Party (MHP) received 11.3 percent.



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