Erdogan takes lead in Presidential race, supporters celebrate


Ankara. Voting counting is under way in Turkey as the country held its first simultaneous parliamentary and presidential elections.

More than 56 million people were eligible to vote in Sunday’s elections, in more than 180,000 ballot boxes across Turkey.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be looking for a first round knockout and an overall majority for his ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party).

But both these goals are in doubt in the face of an energetic campaign by his rival from the secular Republican People’s Party (CHP), Muharrem Ince.

Erdogan supporters celebrate

  • A crowd of people has gathered outside the headquarters of the ruling AK Party in Istanbul.
  • The supporters of Erdogan are chanting slogans and lighting torches.
  • Similar scenes are taking place at the AK Party offices in the capital, Ankara.
    Supporters of Erdogan at the AK Party headquarters in Istanbul [Goran Tomasevic/Reuters]

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