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It is a ‘new beginning’, says Davutoglu

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Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has declared the Justice and Development (AK) Party as the winner of Sunday’s parliamentary elections.

“There is no doubt that AK Party is winner of this election, coming first in 56 provinces and six regions, winning deputies from 76 provinces,” he said Sunday during a traditional late night post-election balcony speech at the party’s headquarters in the capital Ankara.

Davutoglu’s AK Party came first in the ballots with more than 40 percent votes and won its fourth consecutive general election Sunday, but failed to gain the majority needed to form a majority government.

“It is the 11th election in which we came first. A term of 12-13 years in power is just a beginning for a great and historic march. Greater victories await us. We will never hesitate or be separated from our nation even for an instance,” he said.

Regarding the polls outcome, Turkish premier said that the decision of the Turkish nation was final, which all political parties and sides must respect.

“What this decision requires will definitely be fulfilled under all circumstances,” he said.

Davutoglu ruled out any blemish over the credibility of the election, saying they “cannot cast doubt on Turkish democracy”.

“We will make the assessments together to get the message from this election and will resolutely keep on our path,” he said.

He said that all measures would be taken to guarantee no harm to the stability, tranquility and other achievements of the country achieved during the AK Party’s 13-year rule.

“No worries. AK Party, backbone of Turkish nation, will be on duty to ensure continuation of state and welfare of homeland,” he added.

He also reiterated his party’s call to all other political parties to jointly work on a new civilian constitution in lieu of the post 1980 constitution currently in force.

“We say: Let’s take action for a new constitution based on freedoms and human dignity to prepare the youth for the future,” Davutoglu said.

He pledged that there would never be a “culture of military coups and tutelage” in Turkey.

In his pre-election speeches, Davutoglu said that a new civilian constitution would be among the top priorities for the AK Party during the next term.

The AK Party, which came to power in 2002 before winning elections in 2007 and 2011, secured 40.81 percent of the vote with 99.95 percent of ballots counted, giving the party 258 seats in the Grand National Assembly — 18 short of a simple majority.

The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) passed the 10 percent threshold with 13.07 percent of the vote to take 79 seats — the first time it will enter the parliament as a party.

The second-placed Republican People’s Party (CHP) secured 25 percent of vote to take 132 seats while the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) gained 16.33 percent to gain 81 seats.

The turnout was 86.56 percent.

Resource: Anadolu Agency, June 08,2015

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