Erdogan proclaimed victor of Turkey's presidential election

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won Turkey's presidential election Sunday to stay in power for at least five more years.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives to deliver a speech on June 24, 2018 in Istanbul, after initial results of Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections.

But the Opposition raised doubts about the accuracy and reliability of the figures released by the state-run Anadolu news agency, the sole distributor of the official vote tally.

"The unofficial results of the elections have become clear".

The high-stakes presidential contest and a parliamentary election also held Sunday were set to either consolidate Erdogan's grip on power or curtail his vast political ambitions.

The pro-Kurdish party, known as the HDP, won more than 10% of the vote, allowing them to enter parliament for a second consecutive term, diluting the majority of Erdoğan's ruling party, the AKP, but falling short of the numbers needed to overturn that majority after a surprise showing by the AKP's nationalist allies.

Several world leaders supportive of Erdogan, including Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, called to congratulate him on his "victory", the presidency said.

"The Republican People's Party initially accused state media of manipulating results".

Experts said the key for the People's Alliance to get enough seats lies in the hand of the Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party.

The elections took place under emergency rule, which Erdogan imposed two years ago after a botched military coup.

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Support among Turks living overseas for the CHP was 18.2 percent, while 8.1 percent of expats voted for the AKP's alliance partner the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), led by Devlet Bahçeli.

The HDP's performance was a particular success since presidential candidate Selahattin Demirtas, eight more of its legislators and thousands of party members campaigned from jails and prisons. Analysts said the incumbent may also have feared a sharp slowdown in the economy expected later this year would lose him support if the elections had been held on schedule.

Turkey's global TV network announced Mr Erdogan was the victor when just 91 percent of votes had been counted.

"A strong Turkey needs a strong leader", Erdogan bellowed to the crowd of several hundred thousand in his final Istanbul campaign rally last Sunday.

"Even though we could not reach out goal in parliament, God willing we will be working to solve that with all our efforts in the People's Alliance", Erdogan said.

Voting already closed last week for Turkish citizens resident overseas, with just under 1.5 million out of just over 3 million registered voters casting their ballot, a turnout of just under 49 percent.

Erdogan counters that view, saying "Turkey is staging a democratic revolution".

Although the margin of their lead had narrowed steadily as votes were tallied across the nation of 81 million people, an AKP official said Erdogan was now expected to win more than the 50 percent required to avoid a runoff.

According to Anadolu, the near-complete results showed Erdogan winning an outright majority of 52.5 per cent, far ahead of the 30.7 per cent received by his main challenger, the secular Muharrem Ince.

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