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Turkish parliament to open June 23

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Turkey’s new parliament is set to hold its inaugural session next week after the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost its overall majority in a general election earlier this month.

Turkish state media announced on Thursday that the first session of parliament would open on June 23 in a swearing-in ceremony for all the 550 lawmakers.

The new members will then have to agree on a new cabinet within 45 days, but if they fail, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has the authority to call fresh elections.

During the June 7 parliamentary election, Erdogan’s AKP lost its parliamentary majority for the first time since coming to power in 2002.

The AKP won 258 seats — 18 seats short of the minimum required to rule alone — in the 550-seat parliament, the Republican People’s Party (CHP) garnered 132 seats, while the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) gained 80 each.

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