Official Turkish parliamentary results

According to official final results, Turkey's Justice and Development Party has won a solid majority of 341 seats in the 550-member parliament.

Official Turkish parliamentary results
The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) was second with 112 seats, while the right-wing Nationalist Action Party (MHP) came third with 70 seats, the chairman of the Higher Electoral Board, Muammer Aydin said on Monday announcing official final results of the July 22nd parliamentary election.

Voter turnout was 84.2 percent, Aydin said. He did not say how many percent of the vote each party garnered in the election.

No other party passed the 10-percent national threshold required for parliamentary representation, but 26 independent candidates, 21 of the politicians from the country's main Kurdish party- the Democratic Society Party (DTP) - also won seats.

The DTP did not run in the elections as a party but fielded its politicians as independents in a bid to overcome the national threshold.

The announcement of the final results opens the way for parliament to meet on August 4 for the swearing-in ceremony, following which Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) will be given the mandate to form the next government.

The election result has been seen by observers as a major show of confidence in the AKP which has faced a strong secularist campaign for its Islamic tendencies.

Agencies
Last Mod: 31 Temmuz 2007, 19:41
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