The first results in the presidential elections in Turkey were announced following the results of the counting of 37.21% of the ballots. This is reported by the agency Anadolu.
As of 19:20 Kyiv time, 37.21% of ballots were counted.
57.21% voted for Erdogan, 28.18% - for Inge, for Meral Akshner - 7.46%, and for Selahattin Demirtash - 6.03% of voters.
Let's remind that six candidates take part in the presidential race: incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Muharram Inge from the main opposition People's Republican Party, Meral Akshener from the opposition Good Party, Temel Karamollaoglu from the Welfare Party, Dogu Perincek from the party Fatherland and Selahattin Demirtash from the Kurdish "Peoples Democracy Party".
The Supreme Electoral Commission admitted to participation in the parliamentary elections nine political parties: the Justice and Development Party, the Nationalist Movement Party, the People's Republican Party, the Welfare Party, the Fatherland party, the Independent Party of Struggle, Party of Democracy of Peoples, Good Party and Party of Independent Turkey. The latter, however, decided to boycott the elections.
Earlier Recep Erdoğan, the President of Turkey, compared himself with Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, delivering a speech before the journalists, as TRT reported.
“There are two most experienced politicians – Putin and me. As we have served as presidents and prime ministers, me and Putin, we are in power for 15-16 years in a row,” the Turkish leader said.
Erdoğan noted that Turley established an understanding with Russia concerning the Syria issue. And the President himself has developed “special relationships with Putin.”
Turkey’s President made a similar statement during his pre-election speech in Istanbul, as Aksam reported.
“Whom of the candidates (on the presidential elections in Turkey) are recognized by the world? How many world’s leaders have they met? I am among the politicians who are present in the UN General Assembly the longest. Yes, longer than anyone – me and Putin,” Erdoğan stressed.