Turkish government wins vote of confidence

10:53, July 14, 2011      

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan participates in the confidence vote at Turkish Parliament in Ankara on July 13, 2011. Erdogan's new government won the backing of 322 lawmakers in the 550-seat Parliament on Wednesday. (Xinhua/Anadolu)

The new Turkish government on Wednesday won a vote of confidence at the parliament in Ankara.

Turkey's 61st government won 322 votes in the 550-seat Turkish parliament, with 173 lawmakers voting against it while 55 lawmakers absent.

The new government was formed by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). The AKP secured 327 seats in the parliament after winning 49.8 percent of the votes during the June 12 general elections.

A total of 276 votes would help the government win the vote of confidence.

Erdogan said after the voting that "I know we have a busy time ahead. I believe that we will be together in struggle for a bright future under this blessed roof where sovereignty rests unconditionally with the nation."

"Our solidarity and unity here will be an important test for us to carry our country beyond the level of contemporary civilization. We will pass this test together," Erdogan said.

Source: Xinhua

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