Erdogan leads in Turkey’s presidential election - preliminary results

Erdogan expects Turkey’s development level to reach the levels of Russia, US

Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan is ahead in the presidential election with a fifth of votes counted, state media report.

But he reckoned without Muharrem Ince, the presidential candidate of the secularist Republican People's Party (CHP), whose feisty performance at campaign rallies has galvanized Turkey's long-demoralized and divided opposition.

According to the Turkish electoral law, Mr Erdogan needs to gain more than half of the votes to beat his competitors. The CHP had 14.82 per cent and the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) 7.07 per cent. His ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, is hoping to retain its majority in parliament. But again this can change sharply.

Ballots of Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections are being counted at a polling station in Diyarbakir, Turkey June 24, 2018.

Erdogan had faced an energetic campaign by the Ince, who has rivalled the incumbent's charisma and crowd-pulling on the campaign trail, and a strong opposition alliance in the legislative poll. Fatih Bayhan, a 55-year-old trader, came to his polling station at 5am to monitor the handling of ballots.

Erdogan called the snap elections, bringing forward a vote that was expected to be held in November 2019.

"I will protect your rights".

Voting has started. After 15 years in power that have already seen Turkey transformed, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to win a new mandate and rank as the key figure of his country's modern history alongside its founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. But critics accuse the Turkish strongman, 64, of trampling on civil liberties and autocratic behaviour.

On the eve of the elections, hundreds of thousands of people packed the Maltepe shore on the Asian side of Istanbul for Ince's final speech, which followed massive rallies in Izmir, Ankara, and elsewhere.

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

"Every shadow cast over the election is a blow to our democracy".

As he runs Turkey under a state of emergency crackdown imposed after a failed coup in 2016, Mr. Erdogan has concentrated enormous powers in his hands.

Erdogan, whose mastery of political rhetoric is acknowledged even by critics, has won a dozen elections but is now fighting against the backdrop of increasing economic woes.

Inflation has zoomed well into double digits - with popular concern over sharp rises in staples like potatoes and onions - while the Turkish lira has lost some 25% in value against the USA dollar this year.

Six candidates are running for president and eight parties have fielded candidates for 600 parliamentary seats.

Turkey has been under emergency rule, which restricts some personal freedoms and allows the government to bypass parliament with emergency decrees, for almost two years following an attempted military coup in July 2016.

The banners and posters that had decorated Turkey for weeks were pulled down on Saturday afternoon, in line with rules that block campaigning and restrict reporting on election day.

Around 531,007 security personnel, including 264,526 police officers, 195,695 gendarmerie officers, 50,793 village guards and 19,993 voluntary village guards were on duty.

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