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Turkey's Erdogan wins new term

Online Desk

24 Jun 2018 23:46 PM

President Erdogan and his wife Emine greet supporters at his party's Ankara HQ

Turkey's long-standing leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won the country's presidential poll in the first round, the election authority chief says.

Sadi Guven said the president "received the absolute majority of all valid votes", but gave no further details, BBC reports.  

State media reports put Mr Erdogan on 53% with 99% of votes counted, and his closest rival Muharrem Ince on 31%.

The opposition is yet to officially concede but said it would continue its democratic fight "whatever the result".

It had earlier cast doubt on results being broadcast by state media. Final results will be announced on Friday.

The polls were the most fiercely-fought in many years, and Mr Erdogan is set to assume sweeping powers under a new executive presidency.

The 64-year-old gave a triumphant victory speech from the balcony of his party's headquarters in the capital Ankara at 03:00 (00:00 GMT), declaring: "The winner of this election is each and every individual among my 81 million citizens."

There are reports that Republican People's Party (CHP) presidential candidate Mr Ince has admitted defeat in a message to a journalist, though this has not been confirmed.

Earlier on Sunday he accused state-run news agency Anadolu of "manipulation" over its reporting of vote-share figures.

Mr Ince tweeted that he would make a statement at 12:00 (09:00 GMT) on Monday.

There were another four candidates on the presidential ballot, none of whom appears to have won more than 8.4% of the vote.

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