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Elections in Turkey: Recep Tayyip Erdogan secures victory in runoff

After processing of more than 98 percent of the ballots, Recep Tayyip Erdogan won 52.1 percent, and Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu — 47.9 percent of the votes in the presidential elections runoff in Turkey. Hurriyet news agency reports with reference to the data of the Central Election Commission.

Voter turnout reached 84.7 percent.

These data are approximately the same in the most major Turkish media. However, the opposition news agency Anka claims that according to the results of counting half of the ballots, Kılıçdaroğlu leads with a minimal margin — 51 percent to 49 percent.

Polling stations closed in the country at 5 p.m. (at 8 p.m. Bishkek time — Note of 24.kg news agency). Initially, the CEC forbade publication of preliminary voting results until 9 p.m. on May 28, but after 6 p.m. it lifted this ban.

The first round of presidential elections took place in Turkey on May 14. The current head of state, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, failed to win, gaining 49.51 percent of the votes. The single opposition candidate Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu won 44.88 percent. The candidate from the ATA Alliance party Sinan Ogan took the third place with 5.17 percent of the votes. He called on his supporters to vote for Erdogan in the runoff.