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© Alkis Konstantinidis, Reuters | Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is seen on the screen as he addresses his supporters in Istanbul, Turkey June 24, 2018.

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2018-06-25

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed victory in Sunday’s presidential election in a televised address before official results were declared by the country’s electoral commission.

  • Turkey’s President Erdogan has declared victory in Sunday’s presidential race in a televised address while counting was still underway.
  • The main secular opposition CHP has however said it’s too early to concede defeat.
  • With more than 95 percent of the vote counted, according to state media reports, the ultranationalist MHP -- which formed an alliance with Erdogan’s AK Party -- gained a surprisingly high 11 percent of the vote.
  • The pro-Kurdish HDP crossed the 10 percent threshold needed by a political party or alliance to enter parliament.
  • Voter turnout in Sunday’s high-stakes presidential and parliamentary elections was 86.82 percent.
  • The elections will put in place a raft of constitutional amendments that were approved with a razor-thin margin in last year’s referendum.

Date created : 2018-06-24

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