Turkey faces runoff election with Erdogan leading in first-round vote
Turkey voted in key presidential and legislative elections on Sunday that could either extend President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's two-decade grip on power or put the nation on a more liberal, secular course. According to state-run news agency Anadolu, turnout reached 88.47 percent in what has effectively turned into a referendum on Turkey's longest-serving leader and his Islamic conservative Justice and Development Party (AKP). Follow our blog to see how events unfolded. All times are Paris time (GMT+1).
Turkey appears headed for a runoff presidential election after neither Tayyip Erdogan nor rival Kemal Kilicdaroglu cleared the 50% threshold to win outright on Sunday. According to Turkey's state-owned news agency Anadolu, Erdogan led with 49.86% and Kilicdaroglu had 44.38% with almost 91% of ballot boxes counted.
Speaking to supporters in Ankara, Erdogan, said he still hoped to win Sunday’s vote, but would accept a second round if necessary. “We don’t yet know if the elections ended in the first round. ... If our nation has chosen for a second round, that is also welcome,” he said.
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