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6/7/15

Elections: Turkey ruling AKP 'loses majority' in surprise result

T urkey's governing AK party is on course to lose its parliamentary majority, early projections suggest.

They also suggest the pro-Kurdish HDP is set to cross the 10% threshold, securing seats for the first time.

With 90% of the vote counted, the AKP had 42% of the vote, according to Turkish TV stations.

If confirmed, the result would end the AKP's 13-year single-party rule, and upset President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's plans to boost his office's powers.

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

HDP supporters took to the streets in celebration in the southern city of Diyarbakir
Read more: Turkey ruling AKP 'loses majority' in surprise result - BBC News

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