First presidential election in Turkey's history, with a second round of votingAnkara:
Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won Turkey's presidential election. Erdogan once again proved to the world that he is still alive politically. In Sunday's second round of election, he received 47.86 percent of the vote against his rival Kemal Kilicdaroglu's 52.14 percent. Erdogan will remain president until 2028 and celebrate the 100th anniversary of Turkey's founding as a republic after the fall of the Ottoman Empire.
Earlier, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed his victory on Sunday in the second round of presidential elections in the country. In his first comments since the election, Erdogan spoke to supporters on a campaign bus outside his home in Istanbul, saying: "I thank each and every member of our nation for entrusting me with the responsibility of governing this country once again for the next five years." "Good-bye, great. Today, only Turkey is the winner."
Early and unofficial results of the second round of presidential elections released by several news agencies in
Turkey show that 52 percent of the ballots have been counted and incumbent President Erdogan is ahead of his nearest rival Kamal by a few votes. Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency showed Erdogan received 14.98 per cent of the vote, while Kamal received 52.14 per cent.
The official results have not been declared until a few days later.
Erdogan's supporters in Istanbul have already started celebrating before the final results are announced. They are waving Turkish or ruling party flags and honking cars. News agencies are collecting data through their personnel. Turkey's electoral board sends its data to political parties during the counting of votes, but does not declare official results until a few days later.
The impact of the
election results will also be seen outside Ankara, because Turkey is located between Europe and Asia and is a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The election results will decide whether President Erdogan, who has long held power in the country, will continue with his autocratic rule or his main rival, Kamal, who has promised to restore a more democratic society, will come to power.
In the first round of elections
held on May 14, no candidate got the required majority to form a government. Voting for the second phase of elections began at 40 am on Sunday. There are no exit polls in Turkey, but initial results were expected within hours of voting at <> p.m. Over <> million voters were eligible to cast their votes. Speaking to reporters after casting his vote in Istanbul, President Erdogan said that this is the first presidential election in Turkey's history, in which the second round of voting has taken place.
Kamal, a 74-year-old former bureaucrat, described the second round of voting as a referendum on the country's future. Erdogan has been in power in Turkey for the last 20 years. In the first round of voting, he missed the majority required to win by a certain margin. In the first leg, Erdoğan was ahead of his rival Kamal by four percentage points. Kamal is the candidate of the six-party alliance and the centrist-left main opposition party.
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