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Divided Turkey awaits results of snap elections

Sunday, November 01, 2015 - 00:56

Vote counting is underway in a snap parliamentary election that could determine the trajectory of the polarized country and of President Tayyip Erdogan. Pavithra George reports.

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With polls coming to a close in Turkey, residents await the results of this key parliamentary election that will decide whether Turkey returns to single-party rule or faces a coalition. The vote is the second in five months - after President Tayyip Erdogan's AK party, in June, lost the majority it had once enjoyed since coming to power in 2002. The election was under the shadow of economic worries as well as mounting internal bloodshed and a worsening crisis, across the border, in Syria. Investors and Western allies hope Sunday's results will help restore stability as well as confidence in the economy ---something Erdogan has promised if his center-right party regains it's majority But opinion polls predict another hung parliament --- saying the results of this election are likely to be similar to those in June, when the AKP won barely 41 percent of the vote.

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Divided Turkey awaits results of snap elections

Sunday, November 01, 2015 - 00:56