Turkey returns ruling AK party

Turkey's ruling AK Party was set to win 51.3 per cent of the vote in yesterday's parliamentary election but it was unclear whether it would have enough seats to call a referendum on a planned new constitution.

With most of the vote counted, it looked set to win 328 seats, just below the 330 required for a plebiscite and less than the 331 it had in the last parliament, according to broadcaster CNN Turk. The centre-left CHP was on 24.8 per cent while nationalist MHP took 13.4 per cent, exceeding the 10 per cent threshold required to enter parliament.