Turkey's ruling AKP wins elections for a third straight term

08:32, June 13, 2011      

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Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is poised to win parliamentary elections on Sunday for a third single-party rule as initial results showed it swept around half of national votes.

Counting of 99.6 percent of the total votes put the AKP's share of votes at 49.9 percent currently, ahead of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) with 25.9 percent, and the second biggest opposition party Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) with 13. 1 percent, Turkish channel NTV reported.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, also AKP chairman, said Sunday night that they were pleased with the result, noting that his party received 21 million votes on Sunday, up from 16 million votes in the elections of 2007.

"Today, it was democracy that won. Again, the will of the people won," Erdogan said in a speech to a joyous sea of supporters celebrating their victory at AKP headquarters in Ankara.

He said nobody should doubt the AKP would respect the living styles, beliefs, values, pride and honor of every one, including those who did not vote for them.

"Our government will be the government of all Turkish people, not only for the people who voted for AKP," said Erdogan.

Supporters at AKP headquarters cheered and waved flags as they listened to Erdogan's words, while the city's landmark Atakule tower was lit up in color with fireworks bursting in the night sky.

According to the votes, the AKP could collect 325 seats in the parliament, the CHP could get 135 seats and the MHP 54 seats, said the NTV report.

Independent candidates were shown to get 6.6 percent of votes and 36 parliamentary seats, according to NTV.


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