Erdogan on track to secure 2nd term as president – preliminary results

As of 16:10 GMT, Erdogan is leading in the polls with nearly 58 percent of the vote after 32 percent of the ballot boxes were opened. In the parliamentary election, the AK Party leads with 50 percent of the vote, with 15 percent of the ballot boxes opened. The turnout was at 87 percent for both polls.

Erdogan’s closest competitor, Muharrem Ince, has secured nearly 28 percent of the vote. His Republican People’s Party (CHP) is also in second place in the parliamentary election, with 16 percent.

The preliminary results correlate with recent opinion polls, which predicted around 52 percent for Erdogan, and 45 percent for his AK Party (AKP). The AKP’s results are expected to be lower than they were in the 2015 election, when the party received nearly 50 percent, achieving a comfortable majority in the parliament.

Today’s election is the first since Turkey switched to a presidential system of governance after the April 2017 constitutional referendum. The referendum effectively split Turkish society in half, as the amendment package passed by a close margin, securing 52 percent of the vote.

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Source: RT

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