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Turkey election: Erdogan claims victory with unofficial results

June 24, 2018 4:07 pm

Turkey’s long-standing leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan says unofficial results from the presidential elections show he has won outright in the first round.

Mr Erdogan has 53%, while his closest rival, Muharrem Ince, is on 31%, state media report, with most votes counted.

But the opposition dispute these figures, saying many votes have yet to be counted.

Mr Erdogan also said the governing alliance of his AK Party had secured a majority in parliament.

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With 96% of the votes for parliament counted, the president’s AK Party leads with 43% of the votes, the state news agency Anadolu reports. The main opposition CHP is on 23%.

Crucially, the pro-Kurdish HDP looks set to reach the 10% threshold and enter parliament. This might have made it harder for Mr Erdogan’s party and its ally the MHP to reach a majority, although currently they are on course to do so.