MHP leader Bahçeli hails ‘historic success’ in Turkey’s elections

Erdogan, ruling AK Party take early lead in Turkish elections

Erdogan declares victory in Turkish polls as opposition cries foul

"They have said their word and placed their trust in President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with all the objectivity and transparency", Sabri said.

Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AK Party took an early lead in presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday, according to preliminary partial results, boosting the president's hopes of extending his 15-year rule.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won a decisive victory in an election that will give him five more years in office with sweeping new powers.

Turkish state news agency Anadolu, the only media distributing election results, reported that the Mr Erdogan easily claimed 52.7 per cent of the vote with more than 96 per cent of the ballots counted.

The report added that Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) has won 14.82 percent of the vote while voter turnout has been put at 86.82 percent for presidential and 87 percent for parliamentary elections.

CNN reports that Erdogan declared himself the victor before the results were announced, leading to opposition claims that "state media and the election commission had manipulated the results and saying it was too early to be sure of the outcome".

The presidential and parliamentary elections will complete Turkey's transition from a parliamentary system to a new executive presidential one, a move approved in a referendum previous year.

The voting marked the first time Turkish voters cast their ballots in simultaneous presidential and parliamentary elections, in line with the constitutional changes approved in a referendum past year that will transform the country's parliamentary system to an executive presidential one.

In the presidential contest also taking place on Sunday, Erdogan was at 58 percent, with 30 percent of the votes counted, the broadcasters said.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, a rights watchdog, said high voter turnout, at almost 87 percent, demonstrated Turks' commitment to democracy.

Erdogan, according to the agency, stressed Turkey's "continued support" to the Palestinian people and "their just cause and their right to freedom and stability".

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani offered his "sincerest congratulations" to Erdogan. Since Recep Tayyip Erdogan first became prime minister in 2003, the lira has lost 65% of its value against the United States dollar.

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim expressed his "heartiest congratulations" in a letter to the Turkish president, in which he said: "I also congratulate the people of Turkey for their peaceful participation in their nation's democratic process".

He also declared victory for the People's Alliance, an electoral cooperation between the Justice and Development Party and the small Nationalist Movement Party, saying they had a "parliamentary majority" in the 600-member assembly.

Opposition parties and NGOs had deployed up to half a million monitors at ballot boxes to ward against possible electoral fraud.

The CHP said it had recorded violations in the southeastern province of Sanliurfa.

Erdogan argues that his new powers will better enable him to tackle the nation's economic problems - the lira has lost 20 per cent against the dollar this year - and crush Kurdish rebels in southeast Turkey and in neighbouring Iraq and Syria.

In uncharacteristically conciliatory remarks, Erdogan said Turkey had taught the world "a lesson in democracy".

Erdogan has declared himself an "enemy of interest rates", raising fears he will pressure the central bank to cut borrowing costs after the election despite double-digit inflation.

Before the start of the news conference, Ince asked a crew from Turkey's state television TRT to leave the hall, criticizing the publicly-funded organization for ignoring the opposition's campaign rallies and not allowing other candidates equal airtime to Erdogan during the race.

Turkish forces have arrested 50,000 people since the failed overthrow attempt in 2016.

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