1. Turkey’s AK party loses parliamentary majority for first time in 13 years

Turkey’s AK party loses parliamentary majority for first time in 13 years

Turkey's governing AK party has lost parliamentary majority for the first time in 13 years while the pro-Kurdish HDP crossed the 10 percent threshold, securing seats, exceptional near-complete election results show.

By: | Published: June 8, 2015 5:54 PM

Turkey’s governing AK party has lost parliamentary majority for the first time in 13 years while the pro-Kurdish HDP crossed the 10 percent threshold, securing seats, exceptional near-complete election results show.

According to BBC, the AKP has 41 percent of the vote in the 99 percent of the vote counted.

The result came as a blow to Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s plans to boost his office’s powers.

President Erdogan, who first came to power as prime minister in 2003, had been seeking a two-thirds majority to turn Turkey into a presidential republic.

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