Turkish Election Update: Runoff Looms for Erdoğan vs. Kılıçdaroğlu
🗳️ Tens of millions of Turkish voters participated in the presidential and parliamentary elections.
🏛️ A runoff election is likely between Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu as neither candidate reached the 50% threshold to win outright.
📊 According to the state-owned Anadolu news agency, Erdoğan received 49.24% of the vote, while Kılıçdaroğlu received 45.06%. There are discrepancies between state media and the Supreme Election Council's data.
⏰ The second round of voting is expected to take place on May 28.
💬 Erdoğan believes he has enough votes to win in the first round but is willing to accept a runoff. Kılıçdaroğlu also accepts a runoff and expresses confidence in winning.
🔢 More than 91% of the vote has been counted, but there are delays in tallying votes from overseas.
The rise in the number of voters abroad and parties running this year is blamed.
🏢 In the parliamentary elections, Erdoğan's governing coalition secured 49.38% of the overall vote, while the opposition coalition has 35.16%.
The Kurdish-majority Peoples Democratic Party (HDP) and other socialist parties may contribute an additional 10 percentage points to the opposition coalition.
📉 The parliamentary vote share for Erdoğan's AKP party has significantly decreased compared to previous elections, marking the worst reported result in at least 20 years.
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