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Erdogan's AKP regains majority in stunning election comeback

Supporters of Turkey's Justice and Development Party (AKP) celebrate in Istanbul on November 1, 2015, as results show President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party claiming 315 of 550 seats in parliamentTurkey’s long-dominant Justice and Development Party (AKP) scored a stunning electoral comeback on Sunday, regaining its parliamentary majority in a poll seen as pivotal for the future of the troubled country. The party founded by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won 49.4 percent of the vote to secure 316 seats in the 550-member parliament with nearly all votes counted, easily enough to form a government on its own. The result is a huge personal victory for 61-year-old Erdogan, Turkey’s divisive strongman who may now be able to secure enough support for his controversial ambitions to expand his role into a powerful US-style executive presidency.

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