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Turkey's Ruling Party Loses Parliamentary Majority

Turkey's ruling party Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost its absolute majority in parliament Sunday, in a stunning electoral defeat for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's bid to rewrite the country's constitution to create a presidential democracy that would expand his powers. For the first time, the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) cleared the 10 percent vote count threshold it needed to join parliament.
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Co-leader of the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) gives a speech in Istanbul after a successful election in Turkey, June 8, 2015. (Salih Turan/VOA Kurdish)
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Co-leader of the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) gives a speech in Istanbul after a successful election in Turkey, June 8, 2015. (Salih Turan/VOA Kurdish)

HDP rally in Istanbul, June 8, 2015 (Salih Turan/VOA Kurdish)
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HDP rally in Istanbul, June 8, 2015 (Salih Turan/VOA Kurdish)

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (C) looks on after arriving at Esenboga Airport in Ankara, June 8, 2015.
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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (C) looks on after arriving at Esenboga Airport in Ankara, June 8, 2015.

A supporter of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) is helped to climb a pole with a flag of imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan, during a rally in Istanbul, Turkey, June 8, 2015, a day after the elections.
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A supporter of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) is helped to climb a pole with a flag of imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan, during a rally in Istanbul, Turkey, June 8, 2015, a day after the elections.

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