Turkey polls: Erdogan's ruling AKP falls short of majority

  • In a setback for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) did not get the majority required to form a government on its own.

    Though it has won the most seats and 41% of the vote in the parliamentary polls, AKP may have to form a coalition government for the first time since 2002.

    The socially conservative party bagged 259 seats in the 550-member House. That’s far short of the 330 needed to carry out a proposed referendum that could have turned the country into a presidential republic.

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