Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is leading in Sunday’s presidential election with 51.44% of the vote, after more than 60% of the votes were counted, while his main rival Kemal Klidaroglu got 42.73%, according to Turkish television channel TRT.
The same source reports that the right-wing nationalist alliance “ATA” candidate Sinan Ogan won 5.32% of the vote.
As of 9:00 pm (local time, GMT+3), the ruling People’s Alliance was leading the legislative polls with 53.90% of the vote, compared to 32.06% for the Coalition of Nations, which unites the bulk of the opposition.
According to Anadolu news agency, 88.46% of the votes were registered in the presidential and legislative elections. The figure is to be confirmed by the Turkish High Electoral Council, which is due to hold a press conference to announce the official results.
Polls closed at 5:00 pm local time in Turkey after Election Day, when nearly 64 million voters were called to elect a president and renew parliament.
The voting process for Turks abroad was held from April 27 to May 9.
If none of the candidates receive +1 50% of the votes in the first round of the presidential election, a second round will be organized on May 28 to determine the two candidates with the highest number of votes.
For legislative elections, 24 political parties contest 600 seats in the Grand National Assembly (Parliament).