A woman kisses the hand of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) in front of a polling station in Istanbul on November 1, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF
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Turkey's long-dominant Justice and Development Party (AKP) scored a stunning electoral comeback on Sunday, regaining its parliamentary majority in a poll seen as crucial for the future of the troubled country.The party founded by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won over 49 percent of the vote to secure 315 seats in the 550-member parliament with nearly all votes counted, easily enough to form a government on its own. The outcome was a shock to many as opinion polls had predicted a replay of the June election when the AKP won only 40 percent of the vote and lost its majority for the first time in 13 years.The threat of further jihadist violence had overshadowed the poll after a string of attacks blamed on the Islamic State group, including twin suicide bombings on an Ankara peace rally last month that killed 102 people -- the bloodiest in Turkey's modern history.The election board said 85 percent of the 54 million registered voters cast their ballots, topping the June election when turnout was 84 percent.
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