November 01, 2015

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turks are heading to the polls in a crucial parliamentary election that will determine whether the ruling party can restore the parliamentary majority it enjoyed for 13 years.

The contest is a rerun of a June election in which the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, surprisingly lost its one-party rule. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is calling on voters to choose stability and give AKP a new majority. Opposition parties hope to force Davutoglu into forming a coalition.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is not on the ballot, but voters will determine whether he can continue to be Turkey’s primary political power by guiding his party in parliament. More than 54 million people are eligible to vote at more than 175,000 stations and turnout is expected to be high.