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ISTANBUL – Turkey's lawmakers are being sworn in to office during a ceremony in Ankara, an early step in what could be a drawn-out coalition-building process.
The country's 550 newly elected parliamentarians are ascending to the podium one-by-one to take the oath of office in the white assembly room of Turkey's monumental parliament building.
The swearing-in is a formality, it sets the stage for the election of a speaker and what some observers believe will be a long negotiation process.
Turkey's ruling, Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party came first in the June 7 elections but lost its parliamentary majority, meaning it is seeking an opposition partner to govern.
Deep divisions and a bitter campaign mean that may be hard to do. Turkey's Hurriyet daily said it would be a "hot political summer."