Ruling Party Takes Huge Lead In Turkish Election

Early results show Turkey's ruling Justice and Development (AK) party leading by a large margin in today's early parliamentary elections, which are seen as crucial to Turkey's future political and social direction.

Landslide Victory Expected

With 35 percent of the vote counted, the AK party appears to have won just over 50 percent of the vote.

The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) came second with just over 16 percent, and the Nationalist Action Party (MHP) third with 14 percent.

The pro-reform, Islamist-rooted AK's lead is expected to decrease as counting progresses, since most of the initial results came from the rural east where the party is stronger compared to the more urban west.

A survey by CNN-Turk showed AK projected to win almost 47 percent.

A total of 42.5 million eligible voters had a choice of 14 parties and 700 independent candidates. Participation is traditionally high, and media have predicted that more than 80 percent of voters could cast their ballots.

Reports say many people have postponed or cut short holidays in order to go home to vote.

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(Radio Farda, with material from news agencies)

Ruling Party Takes Huge Lead In Turkish Election

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