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Erdogan Calls For World To Respect Vote For Stability


Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (L) is greeted by his supporters during his visit to the Eyup Sultan mosque in Istanbul on November 2.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on the "entire world" to respect Turkey's national will after parliamentary elections gave his Justice and Development Party (AKP) the majority it had lost in June.

"The will of the nation has shown itself in favor of stability," Erdogan said on November 2. "Let's be as one, be brothers and all be Turkey together."

The Islamic-rooted AKP won nearly 50 percent of the vote in the November 1 elections, enough to ensure 315 seats in the 550-member parliament and form a single-party government.

The pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) crossed the 10 percent threshold needed to claim seats.

The snap elections were called after the AKP lost in June its parliamentary majority for the first time in 13 years and attempts to form a coalition government failed.

The observer mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said the elections were marred by a media crackdown, violence, and other security concerns.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP

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