Erdogan Suffers Serious Setback in Elections

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has suffered a serious setback in the parliamentary elections Sunday, according to initial reports. Almost three hours after the ballots closed, it appeared that Erdogan's AKP party will not have the required majority for passing reforms in the Turkish constitution.

With 62% of the votes counted, the Kurdish HDP party received 10.6% of the votes, according to Turkish-language CNN.

This places it past the 10% threshold required for entering parliament and would give it meaningful representation there. The party has never before passed the threshold.

According to the reports, AKP received 43.5% of the votes.

Erdogan wanted to change the constitution to grant him greater powers than he currently wields. If HDP enters parliament, this will apparently be impossible.


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