Erdogan leads in early results of Turkey election | 2018-06-24 | daily-sun.com

Erdogan leads in early results of Turkey election

BBC     24th June, 2018 10:42:37 printer

Erdogan leads in early results of Turkey election

Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan is ahead in the presidential election with a fifth of votes counted, state media report.

 

Erdogan has 59%, and his closest rival, Muharrem Ince, is on 27%.

 

If Erdogan wins more than 50% of the overall vote, he will be declared the winner and avoid the need for a second round of voting.

 

As well as the presidency, voters are also choosing members of parliament. Erdogan's party is ahead in that poll.

 

His AK Party leads with 55% of the votes counted so far, state media report. The main opposition CHP is on 14%.

 

Voter turnout is almost 87%, the state broadcaster says.

 

Turkey remains under a state of emergency imposed in the aftermath of a failed coup in July 2016.

 

These elections were originally scheduled for November 2019 but were brought forward by Erdogan.

 

He is seeking a second term as president, and would govern under a new constitution which grants the president new powers.

 

Erdogan was prime minister for 11 years before becoming president in 2014.


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