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Deputy PM says terror attacks increased due to June 7 election results

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Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli has claimed that terror attacks in Turkey have increased because the Turkish people did not give sufficient support to the Justice and Development Party (AKP) to emerge as a single party government in the June 7, 2015 general elections.

The AKP received 40 percent of the nationwide vote and 258 seats in Parliament in the June 7 elections. A political party is required to win at least 276 seats in Parliament to form a single party government.

Speaking to Habertürk TV on Thursday, Canikli said: “You know, a single party government did not result from the June 7 elections. When a strong will of governance did not emerge in Turkey, we began to see its negative reflections. One of them was the escalation of terrorism. What terrorism wants is a weak government.”

Acts of terrorism rapidly increased and a settlement process between the Turkish government and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) came to an end following the June 7 elections. Hundreds of civilians, soldiers and police officers have been killed in terror attacks perpetrated by the PKK and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) since June 7, 2015.

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