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In a stunning blow to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, preliminary results from Turkey's parliamentary elections Sunday suggested that his party could lose its simple majority in Parliament.With 99 percent of the vote counted, Erdogan's Justice and Development Party, the AK Party, had the support of 41 percent of voters, according to state-run TRT television. In an indication of how precipitously Erdogan's fortunes have fallen in the campaign, he had begun the campaign asking voters for 400 seats, a massive majority that would have allowed the party to change the constitution to give the presidency extraordinary powers. The AK Party would have needed a majority of 330 seats of the total 550 to call for a national referendum to change the constitution. The AK Party received around 49 percent of the vote in general elections in 2011 .Erdogan himself was not on the ballot.Erdogan has been Turkey's dominant politician since his party swept into power in 2002 – becoming prime minister in 2003 and leading his party to two overwhelming parliamentary election victories.
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