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Second round in Turkey: With 66% vote, Erdogan leads the presidential elections

The current head of state, the Islamist Recep Tayyip Erdoganleads the scrutiny in the second round of the presidential elections from today on Turkeyaccording to the first results of the vote count.

According to the official news agency anadoluafter the opening of 66% of the polls, Erdogan obtained 54.8% of the votes compared to 45.2 for his rival, the Social Democrat Kemal Kilicdaroglu.

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Figures previously published by the same source gave Erdogan a greater advantage, which seems to mark a trend towards a closer result between the two candidates.

This trend has been reinforced by the results offered by the private agency ANKAwhich places Kiliçdaroglu in the lead with 50.9% of the votes compared to 49.1% for Erdogan.

On May 14, none of the candidates achieved the necessary majority to become head of state in the first round of the presidential elections, which were held together with the legislative ones.

That day Erdogan won by touching an absolute majority by obtaining 49.5% of the votes, compared to 44.9 for Kiliçdaroglu, with a participation in the polls of 89% in Turkish territory, and 86% if they enter into the calculation also the more than three million citizens residing abroad.

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The polls were open this Sunday for nine hours, between 08:00 and 17:00 local time (05:00 and 14:00 GMT) so that 61 million people could cast their ballots.

Source: Elcomercio

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