Joy as Turkish Election Result Puts Pro-Kurdish Party Into Parliament

Thousands of jubilant Kurds flooded the streets of Diyarbakir in south east Turkey on Sunday as the pro-Kurdish opposition looked likely to enter parliament as a party for the first time.
The Peoples’ Democratic party said initial results from Sunday’s election showed it would take 80 of 550 seats, a stunning result for a party that pollsters had said would struggle to cross the required 10 percent threshold.
It also marks a major setback for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who had hoped for a crushing victory for the AK party he founded, allowing it to change the constitution and give him broad executive powers.



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