Poll shows Turkey's Erdogan to get third term

April 30, 2011 10:08

ISTANBUL - The AK Party of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan is on course to win a third consecutive term when Turkey votes in a parliamentary election on June 12, according to an opinion poll published on Saturday.

The survey conducted on April 13-27 by polling company Genar, and published in the pro-government Sabah newspaper, showed AK winning 48.7 percent of the vote, above the 46.6 percent it scored in the 2007 election.

The Genar findings are in line with a survey by pollster Metropoll published on April 25 in Sabah newspaper, which showed between 47-50 percent support for AK.

The polls take into account a feature of the Turkish electoral system whereby ballots cast for parties that score less than 10 percent of the vote are redistributed among the leading parties. The 10 percent threshold is meant to reduce the chance of unstable coalition governments.

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