The count is nearly finished in the Turkish general election, and the results appear to be confirming the pre-vote polls.
The ruling right-of centre AK party appears on course to win over 50 percent of the vote, improving on its landslide of four years ago, but it will, paradoxically, leave them with around five fewer seats.
The left-of centre Republican People’s party or CHP is heading for around 25/26 percent which, if confirmed, would be something of a revival, picking itself up from 2007’s drubbing when it scored an historic low of 21 percent, but falling short of polls that had given it nearly 30 percent.
Crucially, the AKP may end up with less than 330 seats which would thwart its declared intention to draw up a new constitution without consulting the other parties.
AKP wins Turkish General Election but falls short of constitution-changing majority