HDP passes electoral threshold in Turkey parliament election

<p style="text-align:left">The pro-Kurdish Peoples&amp;rsquo; Democratic Party (HDP) managed to get more than 10 percent of the votes in Turkey&amp;rsquo;s June 24 elections, passing the national election threshold.

The HDP may take more than 60 seats in parliament, according to the unofficial preliminary results announced by the state-run Anadolu Agency on June 24.
The party has dominated the polls in southeastern provinces, winning more than 65 percent of the votes in its strongholds Diyarbakir, Sirnak and Hakkari. In Mardin, Batman and Agri, its vote rate passed 55 percent.
It also generated over 10 percent support in Istanbul, the Aegean province of Izmir, and the southern provinces of Mersin, Adana and Hatay.
In the June 7, 2015 elections the HDP got 80 seats in parliament in a landmark election victory, disabling the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) from forming a majority in parliament. But it lost 21 of them in the snap elections on Nov. 1, 2015.
The number of seats in parliament increased to 600 from 550 in the April 2017 referendum that replaced the parliamentary system with an executive presidential model.
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