The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) leads Turkey’s snap elections with a wide margin, according to unofficial preliminary results reported by the semi-official Anadolu Agency.

The party is leading Sunday’s general elections with 53.1 percent of the votes, while 50 percent of the votes have been counted.

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The AK Party is followed by the centre-left Republican People’s Party (CHP) with 20.9 of the votes, pro-Kurdish left-wing Peoples’ Demcoratic Party (HDP) with 11.1 percent and the far-right Nationalist Action Party (MHP) with 11 percent in Sunday’s polls.

Sunday’s vote is the second such election in five months.

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The polls were held amid instability spilling over to Turkey from neighbouring Syria and renewed tensions over the 30-year-old Kurdish conflict.

The June 7 election had seen the social conservative AK party lose its 13-year single party rule, but four political parties that made their way to the parliament failed to produce a coalition government, and snap elections were called.

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More than 54 million people were registered to vote at some 175,000 stations and the participation rate stood at 86.1 percent.

All polling stations closed by 5pm, local time (2pm GMT).


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