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Erdogan’s party is back in power in Turkey

Ankara: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has a clear advantage in the pivotal general election. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is locked in a battle with his opponent and opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu. Both failed to receive the required 50% of the vote to win. Turkey’s Supreme Election Council announced that Erdogan received 49.49 percent of the vote. Kamal received 44.79 percent of the vote. If neither receives 50% of the vote, they will advance to the second round of voting. In a fortnight, the next round of elections will be held on May 28.

Opinion polls pointed to opponent Kemal Kilicdaroglu as the likely candidate. Erdogan also claimed that his Islamist ruling party and its ultranationalist allies won a clear majority in parliament.

Erdogan won 49.3% of the vote, according to figures from the Anadolu State News Agency.

Erdogan had a solid lead with nearly 47 percent of ballot boxes counted, according to Turkey’s state-owned news agency.

The presidential and parliamentary elections are crucial for the future of NATO-member Turkey.

Kilicdaroglu was the joint candidate of six opposition parties, including the pro-secular, centre-left CHP (Republican People’s Party).

Muharrem Ince, another presidential candidate, has withdrawn from the race. Ince’s voters were also expected to support Kilicdaroglu.

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