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Turkey's Erdogan wins another term as president


Turkey's Erdogan wins another term as president

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won tightly-contested presidential polls, the election authority said on Monday (Jun 25), extending his 15-year grip on power as the opposition complained bitterly about the conduct of the vote count. Turkish voters had for the first time cast ballots for both president and parliament in the snap elections, with Erdogan looking for a first round knockout and an overall majority for his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Turkey's long-standing leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won a new five-year term after securing outright victory in the first round of a presidential poll. Election authority chief Sadi Guven said the president "received the absolute majority of all valid votes".

State media reports put Mr Erdogan on 53% with 99% of votes counted, and his closest rival Muharrem Ince on 31%. The opposition is yet to officially concede but said it would continue its democratic fight "whatever the result".

It had earlier cast doubt on results being broadcast by state media. Final results will be announced on Friday.

The polls were the most fiercely-fought in many years, and Mr Erdogan is set to assume sweeping powers under a new executive presidency.

The 64-year-old gave a triumphant victory speech from the balcony of his party's headquarters in the capital Ankara at 00:00 GMT, declaring: "The winner of this election is each and every individual among my 81 million citizens."

- Source: News agencies

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