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Turkey's ruling AK Party has good reason to celebrate....

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It has won a resounding general election victory, giving it a mandate for reform. With more than 47 percent of the vote, the result is a moral triumph for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He called early parliamentary polls amid a political crisis pitting his Islamist-rooted party against Turkey’s secular elite. It had stopped him appointing a fellow ex-Islamist as Turkey’s next president.The outcome of the ballot could set the stage for renewed tension between the two sides. As AK activists celebrate, only two other political groups have crossed the 10 percent national threshold to enter parliament – the centre left Republican People’s Party and the far-right Nationalist Movement Party.