Baku, Azerbaijan, June 7
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
The former head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu was elected to the Turkish parliament.
Ihsanoglu ran from the opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).
According to preliminary data Turkey's ruling party won 40.95% of the vote.
Republican People's Party (CHP) won 25.1%, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) - 16.8%, and the Democratic People's Party (HDP) - 11.7% of the vote.
Other political parties as a whole gained 4.5% of votes.
The parliamentary election kicked off in Turkey at 08:00 am (UTC/GMT + 3 hours), June 7.
Political parties and officials are banned to make any statements about the voting process till 24:00.
As many as 20 political parties are taking part in the election and 53,765,231 voters could participate in the voting.
The main competition in the parliamentary election is expected to be between the ruling Justice and Development Party and the Republican People's Party.
During the parliamentary election held in Turkey in 2011, the ruling Justice and Development Party gained 46.66 percent of the vote. Some 20.85 percent of the votes went to the Republican People's Party (CHP), and 14.29 percent of the votes were gathered by the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).