Erdogan’s AK to form one-party government

President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party swept back into office in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, strengthening his 13-year grip on power after a divisive campaign scarred by violence. The Islamist-rooted party that Erdogan founded took about 49 percent of the vote and probably won 316 seats in the 550-member legislature, regaining the majority it lost in elections five months ago. The Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) scraped past the threshold limit but slipped down from 13 percent in June to 10.6 percent Sunday. Turkish police fired tear gas against protesters in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir on Sunday.
Opponents of the Turkish president fear that the election will further strengthen him in his
authoritarian rule of Turkey.

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