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The Latest: Pro-Kurdish Party: Election Conditions Unfair

The Latest: Pro-Kurdish Party: Election Conditions Unfair

Sunday, 01 November 2015 03:07 PM

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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