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Turkey election board confirms ruling party's loss of majority, focus turns to coalition talks


ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey's election body has confirmed the ruling party's loss of its parliamentary majority after 13 years of single-party rule, setting the ball rolling for tortuous coalition-building talks.

The High Election Board released the certified results of the June 7 vote on Thursday, confirming that the Islamic-based Justice and Development Party, founded by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, won 258 seats in the 550-seat parliament — 18 short of the total needed to rule alone.

Erdogan is expected to ask Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to attempt to form the next government in the coming days.

Opposition parties' demands that Erdogan — a dominant political figure who wants a presidency with executive powers — stick to the office's largely ceremonial duties are likely to complicate coalition talks.

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