Tayyep Erdogan Claims Victory In Turkey Presidential Election

Turkey’s Recep Tayyep Erdoğan has claimed victory in his country’s presidential election, but the opposition have not yet conceded defeat.

 

The country’s electoral board has not yet announced the official results.

 

According to the state-run Anadolu Agency, with 97% of votes counted Erdoğan has 52.62% of the national vote. His chief rival, Muharrem Ince of the opposition CHP party, has 30.76%.
The new president is the first to enjoy greatly enhanced powers under a new constitution agreed in an April 2017 referendum.
The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) scored 11%, well over the 10% minimum threshold it needed to enter parliament, and will hold 46 seats making it the second largest opposition party in the new chamber.

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