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Turkey election: Erdogan, Kilicdaroglu head to a runoff

Update : 16 May 2023, 01:01

Turkey is set for a second round of voting for the first time ever, after neither Recep Tayyip Erdogan nor Kemal Kilicdaroglu secured an absolute majority in Sunday's presidential election.

Turkey is set for a second round of voting after neither President Recep Tayyip Erdogan nor his main challenger, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, were able to secure an outright majority in Sunday's presidential election, the country's electoral authority said.

Erdogan received 49.51% of the vote, while his main rival, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, came in second at 44.88%, according to the figures.

The third presidential candidate, Sinan Ogan, a nationalist politician, finished third at 5.17%.

With no candidate having crossed the 50% threshold for the presidency, Turkey is set for a runoff for the first time ever.

The second round of voting in the presidential election has been penciled in for May 28. 

Both candidates have said they would accept a second round. Turnout was high at over 88%, Ahmet Yener, the head of the Supreme Electoral Board, told the press, as reported by DW journalist Julia Hahn.

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