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Turkey election: Ruling AKP regains majority

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has won a critical parliamentary election, regaining the majority it lost in June.With almost all ballots counted, state-run Anadolu Agency said AKP had won 49.4% of the vote, with the main opposition CHP on 25.4%.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said voters had “shown that they prefer action and development to controversy”.The pro-Kurdish HDP crossed the 10% threshold needed to claim seats.The nationalist MHP will also take seats in Ankara.In a statement, Mr Erdogan said the electorate had “given proof of their strong desire for the unity and integrity” of Turkey.Polls had indicated the AKP would receive only between 40-43% of the vote, in line with how it fared in June when it lost its majority for the first time in 13 years.Attempts to form a coalition government after the June election failed.

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