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Elections in Turkey: President Erdogan still does not rule out winning the elections in the first round

The president of TürkiyeRecep Tayyip Erdogan, assured that he has a “clear advantage” and that he does not even rule out achieving an absolute majority in the first round of the presidential election held this Sunday May 14. He is contesting the elections with the opposition candidate, Kemal Kiliçdaroglu.

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Although the results are not yet clear, we lead the count with a clear advantage”, said the president, who indicated that thanks to the vote abroad he still has options to maintain the absolute majority that he has had since 2014 and that he revalidated in 2018.

We don’t know if this is going to end in the first or second round.”, he assured in a speech to his followers in Ankara.

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Although the provisional count now gives him only 49.4% of the vote, indicated that the ballots of Turks living abroad still have to be scrutinizedwho tend to support him mostly.

In Germany, where about half of the Turks living abroad live, Erdogan would have obtained 65% of the votes.

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The provisional scrutiny released by the official Anadolu agency gives the opposition candidate, Kemal Kiliçdaroglu, 45% of support. If neither of them manages to exceed 50% of the support, a final second round will be held on May 28.

Kiliçdaroglu denounced during the election evening that Erdogan’s party, the AKP, “it is continually challenging the voting records and blocks the system”.

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Several party leaders have claimed that, when all the ballots have been counted, the opposing candidate will be ahead.

In the parliamentary elections, it is clear that the People’s Alliance has won a majority. The majority in Parliament is held by the Alliance”, Erdogan added, referring to the coalition formed by his party, the Islamist AKP, with the nationalist MHP and other minor formations.

Source: Elcomercio

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