Updated: Erdogan and opposition criticize each other over election count, second round looms | News

There is uncertainty in Turkey regarding the outcome of the presidential election. According to some agencies, the current president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is leading in them with a significant lead. But the opposition claims that its candidate Kemal Kiliçdaroglu is the leader. According to sources from both camps spoken to by Reuters, it is likely that no one will get over 50 percent of the vote and a second round will be necessary. According to the BBC, a statement from the highest electoral body YSK is still awaited, which is expected in the next few hours.

According to the interim results reported by the government television TRT Haber, for example, after counting more than 86 percent of the precincts, Erdogan has roughly 50.2 percent of the vote. However, his profit gradually decreases during the census. On the contrary, the percentage gain of the opposition candidate Kiliçdaroglu, who according to these data now has about 44 percent of the votes, is increasing. A third candidate, far-right lawmaker Sinan Ogan, now has around five percent of the vote.

The ANKA agency, quoted by the opposition media, shows that 85 percent of the votes have been counted. According to her, Erdogan received 48.6 percent of the votes and Kiliçdaroglu 45.6 percent.

Opposition leaders say Kiliçdaroglu is leading in the polls. Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu believes that it will be possible to elect an opposition candidate as the new president today. However, the origin of the data published by the opposition is not clear.

In his first statement after the end of the vote, Erdogan criticized the opposition’s actions. “Trying to announce the results hastily means usurping the will of the people,” Erdogan said. “We will not sleep tonight,” Kiliçdaroglu said in a statement. Both politicians called on their supporters to watch the counting of votes.

Polls published shortly before the election showed that opposition candidate Kiliçdaroglu has a chance to win the first round of the presidential election. If none of the candidates gets more than 50 percent of the vote after today’s vote, a second round will be held on Sunday, May 28.

According to the ANKA and Anadolu agencies, Erdogan’s bloc with the dominant Justice and Development Party (AKP) has the upper hand in the parliamentary elections so far, with a gain of around 50 percent of the vote.

According to Reuters, Erdogan was expected to have the upper hand with the first precincts counted, as the smallest and fastest-counted precincts are in rural Turkey, where the incumbent president enjoys strong support. According to the first data, participation in the elections reached 88 percent.

The YSK Electoral Commission allowed the publication of interim results from 17:30 CEST, originally it was supposed to happen only from 20:00 CEST. After the end of voting at 16:00 CET, the electoral commission stated that the voting took place without incident. Some representatives of the opposition drew attention to minor skirmishes. Both the government and the opposition called on their supporters to supervise the counting of votes.

Source: Zprávy – Tiscali.cz by zpravy.tiscali.cz.

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