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Turkey: first hung parliament since 2002 sworn in

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Turkey: first hung parliament since 2002 sworn in


Turkey’s first hung parliament since 2002 has been sworn in in Ankara.

The pressure is on to get the majority to sing from the same sheet. Failure by the largest party, the AK, to form a government will stoke uncertainty in the country at a critical time.

The 550-member assembly has a record 98 women in its ranks. It is also ethnically diverse, with Kurds, Armenians and Roma among a number of minority groups represented.

All four main political parties have pledged to avoid a leadership vacuum. However, this may be easier said than done as they remain at odds on many areas of policy and procedure.

A more united front was on show before the ceremony as flowers were laid at the monument to Ataturk, the man known as the father of modern Turkey.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is soon expected to set a deadline of 45 days for a government to be formed.

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