The Latest: Turkey's nationalist party head stays after vote

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Posted: Nov 01, 2015 4:56 PM
The Latest: Turkey's nationalist party head stays after vote

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The latest as tens of millions of Turkish voters cast ballots in a contest that will determine whether the ruling party can restore the parliamentary majority it had enjoyed for over a decade. All times are local.

12:55 a.m.

Turkey's nationalist party leader has denied reports that he would resign after a poor election result, saying all party officials will continue with their duties.

The Nationalist Movement Party, or MHP, was the biggest loser in Sunday's snap election, losing almost half of the seats it had won in an election in June.

The huge loss triggered rumors that its long-time leader would step down.

However, Devlet Bahceli released a statement saying: "All of our party cadres are continuing their duty with patience, determination (and) devotion."

Sunday's election was a re-run of the June election which resulted in a hung parliament. Preliminary election results suggested that the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, has won back the majority it lost in June.

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12:20 a.m.

Turkish media reports some 20 people have been hospitalized mostly with respiratory problems following an explosion at a grocery shop in southeast Turkey.

The private Dogan news agency says police are investigating the cause of the explosion at the shop in the mainly Kurdish town of Nusaybin, in southern Mardin province.

The explosion came shortly after preliminary election results suggested Turkey's ruling Justice and Development party, or AKP, is restoring its majority in parliament.

Those hospitalized were living in apartments above the shop, Dogan said. Earlier, Hurriyet newspaper said the explosion was caused by a fault at a power converter.

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12:10 a.m.

Turkey's biggest opposition party leader is warning the ruling party to stick to the rule of law after its stunning return to one-party rule in Turkey's parliament.

Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the secularist CHP says: "The party in power has to respect the principle of the supremacy of the law."

Sunday's vote was a rerun of a June election in which the ruling Justice and Development party, or AKP, surprisingly lost its one-party rule. CHP improved its vote tally on Sunday, but not nearly as dramatically as AKP.

Kilicdaroglu said: "We increased our votes, but we don't consider this as an achievement. Coming to power would have been an achievement."

He added that the results may have been very different but for the spate of recent violence that has rocked Turkey.

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11:55 p.m.

The head of Turkey's election board says the official certified results of Sunday's vote will be released in 11 or 12 days.

Sadi Guven says the final results will be issued after all possible complaints by political parties are reviewed.

Guven also confirmed that four parties, including the ruling Justice and Development Party and the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party, had cleared a minimum 10 percent threshold to win seats in the 550-member Parliament.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has declared victory for his ruling party after preliminary election results showed it restoring its majority in parliament.

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11:20 p.m.

A Turkish news agency says one person has been wounded by gunfire during isolated clashes that broke out in a mainly Kurdish city in southeast Turkey as preliminary election results suggested the ruling party is restoring its majority in parliament.

The private Dogan news agency says the minor was seen being driven to a hospital in an ambulance Sunday.

Kurds on Sunday set fire to garbage bins and threw stones at police in Diyarbakir in isolated clashes. Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowds.

Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has declared victory for his ruling party after preliminary election results showed it restoring its majority in parliament.

It appeared to have picked up votes at the expense of the nationalist party and the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party.

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10:50 p.m.

The leaders of Turkey's pro-Kurdish party say that unfair election conditions explain their drop-off in Sunday's parliamentary elections.

The pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party, or HDP, was forced to cancel election rallies following two deadly attacks on pro-Kurdish gatherings since July. Television stations gave party representatives little air-time amid government attacks branding the party as the political wing of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, which is considered a terrorist organization by Turkey and its allies.

HDP's co-chairman Selahattin Demirtas told reporters that "there wasn't a fair or equal election... We were not able to lead an election campaign. We tried to protect our people against attacks."

Following the vote Sunday, small clashes broke out in Diyarbakir in the Kurdish southeast between protesters and police.

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9:20 p.m.

Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has declared victory for his ruling party after preliminary election results showed it restoring its majority in parliament.

State-run TRT television reports that with more than 95 percent of the votes counted, the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, has won just above 49 percent, which would comfortably restore its ruling majority.

Davutoglu said: "Today is the day of victory of democracy and the people."

The results suggest that AKP's gamble to hold new elections has paid off. Supporters at the party's Ankara and Istanbul headquarters were already waving flags in rapturous celebrations.

The vote is a rerun of a June election in which AKP surprisingly lost its one-party rule due to a strong showing by a Kurdish party.

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8:55 p.m.

Preliminary results in Turkey's parliamentary election suggest that the ruling party has restored its majority in a stunning victory.

State-run TRT television reports that with more than 95 percent of the votes counted, the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, has won just above 49 percent, which would comfortably restore its ruling majority.

The early indications suggest that the ruling party's gamble to hold new elections has paid off. Supporters at the party's Ankara and Istanbul headquarters were already waving flags in a rapturous celebration. Crowds outside President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's home in Istanbul were shouting "Turkey is proud of you."

The vote is a rerun of a June election in which AKP surprisingly lost its one-party rule due to a strong showing by a Kurdish party.

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8:40 p.m.

Clashes have broken out in a mainly Kurdish city in southeast Turkey after preliminary results showed that the ruling party appears to have clawed back its majority in a crucial parliamentary election.

Kurds on Sunday set fire to garbage bins and threw stones at police in Diyarbakir in isolated clashes. Police used water cannons to disperse the crowds.

Preliminary results showed that the ruling Justice and development Party, or AKP, had won just below 50 percent of the vote, which would restore its ruling majority.

The vote is a re-run of a June election in which AKP surprisingly lost its one-party rule due to a strong showing by a Kurdish party.

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7:45 p.m.

State-run TRT television says that preliminary results in Turkey's crucial parliamentary election suggest a surprising boost for the ruling party.

It said that with more than 88 percent of the votes counted, the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, has won just below 50 percent, which would restore its ruling majority.

The result could still change significantly as votes come in from disparate regions of the country, but early indications suggest that the ruling party's gamble to hold new elections has paid off. Supporters at the party's Istanbul headquarters were already waving flags in a rapturous celebration.

The vote is a rerun of a June election in which AKP surprisingly lost its one-party rule due to a strong showing by a Kurdish party.

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7:45 p.m.

State-run TRT television says that preliminary results in Turkey's crucial parliamentary election suggest a surprising boost for the ruling party.

It said that with more than 81 percent of the votes counted, the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, has won just over 50 percent, which would comfortably restore its ruling majority.

The result could still change significantly as votes come in from disparate regions of the country, but early indications suggest that the ruling party's gamble to hold new elections has paid off. Supporters at the party's Istanbul headquarters were already waving flags in a rapturous celebration.

The vote is a rerun of a June election in which AKP surprisingly lost its one-party rule due to a strong showing by a Kurdish party.

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7:20 p.m.

State-run TRT television says that preliminary results in Turkey's crucial parliamentary election suggest a surprising boost for the ruling party.

It said that with 76 percent of the votes counted, the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, has won 51 percent, which would comfortably restore its ruling majority.

The result could still change significantly as votes come in from disparate regions of the country.