Turkey’s ruling AK party surged to victory in national elections on Sunday in a triumph for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after his setback at the polls five months ago.
With more than 99 per cent of the votes counted by late evening, the AKP had secured a clear majority of parliamentary seats, more than reversing the losses it suffered in a previous election in June.
The party’s 49 per cent of the vote marked an increase of 8 percentage points on its share in June and came close to its record high.
The result, which defied a series of polls predicting a hung parliament, vindicated Mr Erdogan’s decision to call early elections after the June contest interrupted the 13-year single-party rule of his Islamist-rooted party.
“This victory is not ours, it is our nation’s,” Ahmet Davutoglu, AKP prime minister, told a rally of cheering supporters in the party stronghold of Konya.