Turkiye set for presidential runoff, as neither Erdogan nor Kilicdaroglu secure 50% of the vote

Turkiye is set to have a runoff between current President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and main opposition rival, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, later this month, as both candidates failed to secure the necessary 50 per cent of total votes in yesterday's presidential election. According to a statement today by Ahmet Yener, the head of the High Election Board, Erdogan won 49.51 per cent of the votes in the landmark election while Kilicdaroglu received 44.88 per cent of the vote. As both candidates fell short of the 50 per cent needed to secure a victory in the country's electoral system, they are consequently set to head to a second-round runoff on 28 May. Upon the emergence of the current results, the 69-year-old Erdogan praised […] Source

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