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Governing Party Wins in Turkey Elections

The Governing Party led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has reportedly won Sunday in the nation-wide municipal elections.

According to The Star Tribune, the CNN-Turk news channel was reporting that Mr. Erdogan’s party, Justice and Development, led with 39.13 percent of the vote, while the main opposition, the Republican People’s Party, had 22.83 percent, and the nationalist People’s Action Party had 16.22 percent.

Violence did occur at the polls. Fights between rival political groups left five people dead and dozens wounded, Anatolia news agency reported.

The elections were seen as a referendum on the performance of Turkey’s politicians, in particular that of Mr. Erdogan, a former Islamist who has pressed for Turkey’s membership in the European Union.