Runoff vote ends in Turkey, Erdogan ahead

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Turkey’s runoff vote to elect a new president has ended. The announcement of private results has started after the counting of votes on Sunday night local time. Erdoğan is ahead after counting 92.96 percent of votes. Out of this he got 52.50 percent votes. His rival Kemal Kilicdaroglu got 47.50 percent of the votes. Al-Jazeera news

Voting started at 8 am and ended around 5 pm. In this phase, incumbent President Erdoğan and six-party coalition candidate Kilicdaroğlu are contesting the election.

In the first round of voting on May 14, Erdoğan received 49.52 percent, Kilicdaroglu 44.88 percent and Sinan Ogan 5.17 percent. As no one got more than 50 percent, the vote rolled in the second round. 88.84 percent of the 64 million voters cast their ballots.

Presidential candidate Sinan Ogan, who came third in the first round of voting, later endorsed Erdogan.

The total number of voters in the runoff is 64 million. This is the first runoff in the history of Turkey.

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