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Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AK Party) received just 41 percent of the vote, costing it the majority it had enjoyed since coming to power in 2002 .This time, the election was predominantly perceived as a referendum on the continuation of single-party rule, and the AK Party won 49 percent of the vote, providing it with a comfortable majority.In the run-up to the latest election, Erdogan and the AK Party emphasized the importance of the party's parliamentary majority for Turkey's political stability. The party received nearly 5 million more votes than it did in June, corresponding to a 20 percent increase in its popularity. Two opposition parties, the conservative Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the predominantly Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), together lost 3 million votes, while the center-left Republican People's Party (CHP) held its ground, finishing second with 25 percent of the vote.In the end, HDP ended with 10.75 percent of the vote, down from 13 percent in the June elections, preventing Erdogan from securing the compliant parliament he would need to establish an executive presidency.
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