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AP: Turkey’s incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed victory in critical elections based on unofficial results, securing an executive presidency with sweeping powers.

Speaking in televised remarks from Istanbul late Sunday, 64-year-old Erdogan said “the nation has entrusted to me the responsibility of the presidency and the executive duty.”

He also declared victory for the People’s Alliance, an electoral cooperation between his ruling Justice and Development Party and the small Nationalist Movement Party, saying they had a “parliamentary majority” in the 600-member assembly. (CNN)

Turkey’s election authority chief early on Monday morning declared Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the winner of the presidential poll, with 53% of the votes. Opposition leaders have alleged electoral fraud.

Sunday’s elections are putting into force a stronger presidential system, allowing the president to form the government, appoint ministers, vice presidents and top bureaucrats, issue decrees, prepare the budget and impose states of emergency.

Continuously Updated through newsfeeds from Al Jazeera, Euronews, Anadolu News Agency, AFP, France 24 and AP Agency.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claims victory in Turkish elections . He says it’s time to focus on future of the country by leaving behind the tensions of the election period, in a televised address to the nation

Opposition CHP’s Bulent Tezcan says the presidential race is heading for a runoff based on party figures.

Erdogan’s ruling party slammed Ince’s comments done earlier, where he contested election reports from the country’s news agency as ‘manipulated’.

Government spokesman Bekir Bozdag alleged that Ince was “threatening and targeting” the news agency. AP

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Presidential race – 91.83 percent of votes counted

Recep Tayyip Erdogan: 53.12 percent
Muharrem Ince: 30.54 percent
Meral Aksener: 7.78 percent
Selahattin Demirtas: 7.47 percent

AK Party Spokesman calls elections ‘a celebration of democracy’

  • “We are celebrating the new governance system,” Mahir Unal said, referring to the executive presidential system.
  • He also criticised opposition parties for targeting Anadolu Agency and Turkey’s election board.
  • “All parties have the same data,” he said. “A doubt cast on the election results damages the country’s reputation.”

Opposition accuse Anadolu Agency of ‘manipulation

  • Meral Aksener, IYI Party leader and presidential candidate, accused Anadolu Agency of manipulation, and urged party observers not to leave ballot boxes until the end of the process. (Twitter/Al Jazeera)
  • The pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) also blamed the state-run Anadolu for what it claims is a manipulation of the early election results. (Twitter/Al Jazeera)

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Muharrem Ince, CHP’s presidential candidate, says election board data (YSK) suggests only 37 percent of ballot boxes have been opened as opposed to Anadolu Agency’s data of 85 percent as such he repeated his call to observers not to leave ballot boxes.

Parliamentary race – 85.04 percent of votes counted

People’s Alliance (AK PartyMHP): 54.71 percent (43.31 percent11.4 percent)

Nation Alliance (CHPIYI PartySP): 33.53 percent (22.17 percent9.97 percent1.39 percent)

HDP: 10.55 percent

Presidential race – 86.18 percent of votes counted

Recep Tayyip Erdogan: 53.73 percent
Muharrem Ince: 30.02 percent
Meral Aksener: 7.49 percent
Selahattin Demirtas: 7.49 percent

If no candidate wins more than 50 percent in Sunday’s vote, a second round runoff will be held on July 8

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Opposition-backed election monitor releases election results which show Turkish President Erdogan in the lead, but at a reduced margin of about 10%. In contrast, Anadolu has Erdogan on 55.93% and Ince on 28.93% with about 60% of votes counted so far. Euronews

Hungarian Premier Victor Orban,  congratulates Turkish President Erdogan on his election success. Anadalu Agency

Just under 85% of the vote has been counted and the ruling party has so far projected to retain 297 seats according to Anadolu, below the 300 required to have a majority in parliament. But if their alliance holds with the  Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), who are on 51 seats so far, their power will still be secured. Anadolu Agency

Earlier: 

AP/Anadolu Agency Unofficial results from Turkey’s presidential election show incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdogan with a commanding lead.

With more than half of ballot boxes counted Sunday, in the lead, Erdogan had 56.5 percent of the vote, which would be enough for him to win outright and avoid a runoff election.

Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency said challenger Muharrem Ince was in second place, with nearly 29 percent of the vote. Jailed candidate Selahattin Demirtas hovered at around 6 percent.

According to Turkish News Agency, a spokesman for Turkey’s ruling AK Party calls on all political parties to respect election results. Greece Foreign Minister Nikolaos Kotzias congratulates Turkish counterpart on ruling Justice and Development Party’s election success. Great Unity Party (BBP) Chairman Destici congratulates President Erdogan over election success. Even Guinean FM Mamadi Toure congratulates ruling AK Party on success in elections. 

In the parliamentary election, a “People Alliance” consisting of Erdogan’s ruling party and a nationalist party led at around 59 percent with about 36 percent of ballot boxes counted.

The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party is nearing the 10 percent electoral threshold to enter parliament, with 9 percent of the vote.

Sunday’s high-stakes presidential and parliamentary elections could consolidate Erdogan’s grip on power or curtail his vast political ambitions.