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Turkey ruling party wins parliamentary election

06-13-2011 08:38 BJT

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With 99 percent of the results counted from Sunday's parliamentary election, Turkey's ruling AK party, led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, won a third term. The victory has set the stage for economic growth, assertive diplomacy and an overhaul of the military-era constitution.

The ruling Justice and Development Party, also known as the AKP declared victory on Sunday with results showing it winning 50.1 percent of the votes.

The Republican People's Party, the main opposition group, has 26 percent and another opposition party, the Nationalist Action Party, has 13 percent.

Victory in Sunday's election gave the AKP a strong mandate to pursue its reform agenda, but it will need to seek consensus to push through a new constitution, as the seats it secured are less than the two-third of votes needed to send the new constitution to a referendum.

Prime Minister Erdogan, also AKP chairman, said Sunday he hoped the results would be beneficial to peace, justice and stability in the region and the world.

With 99 percent of the results counted from Sunday's parliamentary election, Turkey's ruling AK party, led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, won a third term. The victory has set the stage for economic growth, assertive diplomacy and an overhaul of the military-era constitution.

The AKP came into office in 2002. Led by Erdogan, it has achieved an unchallengeable economic record.

Turkey is now the world's 17th largest economy and it rebounded from the global recession last year with 8.9 percent growth.

With 99 percent of the results counted from Sunday's parliamentary election, Turkey's ruling AK party, led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, won a third term. The victory has set the stage for economic growth, assertive diplomacy and an overhaul of the military-era constitution.

The AKP also succeeded to open EU accession talks in 2005, which boosted economic, social and political reforms attracting foreign investment to the country.

With 99 percent of the results counted from Sunday's parliamentary
election, Turkey's ruling AK party, led by Prime Minister Recep
Tayyip Erdogan, won a third term. The victory has set the stage
for economic growth, assertive diplomacy and an overhaul of the
military-era constitution.
 

Meanwhile, reforms diminishing the Turkish army's role in political life have brought political stability.

However, the opposition accuses the AKP of shifting capital to pro- government circles and broadening the wealth gap.

With 99 percent of the results counted from Sunday's parliamentary election, Turkey's ruling AK party, led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, won a third term. The victory has set the stage for economic growth, assertive diplomacy and an overhaul of the military-era constitution.

They also worry about the AKP's growing intolerance of critics, especially the increasing numbers of journalists who have been detained.

 

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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