Turkey’s ruling party suffers loss of majority

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ISTANBUL: In a stunning setback for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s ruling party lost its parliamentary majority for the first time in 13 years, and a pro-Kurdish party for the first time garnered enough votes to enter parliament, according to a nearly complete tally. If the results are borne out in the final official tally, Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party, or AKP, would still be the largest party, but a significantly weakened one, and the president’s designs on a vastly empowered executive branch appear to have crumbled. Horn-honking celebrations broke out outside headquarters of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party, or HDP, which managed to break a daunting 10 percent electoral threshold to gain a parliamentary foothold, party officials said.

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