Turkey's AK Party Wins 258 of 550 Parliamentary Seats

According to official results announced on Thursday, Turkey's AK Party won 258 of parliament's 550 seats in a June 7 election, while the second-biggest Republican People's Party took 132 seats. Sadi Guven, head of the High Election Board, said in comments broadcast live by TRT that parliament's two other parties, the right-wing Nationalist Movement Party and the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party each took 80 seats. He added that turnout was 84 percent of Turkey's 56 million eligible voters. The figures confirm preliminary results that showed voters deprived the AKP of its majority for the first time since it swept to power in 2002. Following the official results, lawmakers can now be sworn in and President Tayyip Erdogan can call for a new government to be formed.