Turkey ruling party wins election with reduced majority

Near-complete results from Turkey’s election show the Justice and Development Party (AKP) of PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won a third term.

With 99% of ballots counted the AKP had 50% of the vote, which local media said translated to 326 seats in parliament.

But that would be 41 seats short of the two-thirds majority needed to amend the country’s constitution unilaterally.

In his victory speech, Mr Erdogan said the AKP would “discuss the new constitution with opposition parties”.

“The people gave us a message to build the new constitution through consensus and negotiation,” he told supporters in Ankara.

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