Turkey premier wins presidential vote: Unofficial results
Iran Press TV
Sun Aug 10, 2014 8:5PM GMT
Turkey's outgoing Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won the country's presidential election, unofficial results say.
According to the results, which are based on Turkish media count, the ruling Justice and Development Party's (AKP) candidate won almost 52 percent of the vote in the first round of the presidential election.
'The people showed their will at the polls today,' Erdogan said in a brief speech in the Turkish city of Istanbul on Sunday evening.
Erdogan's main rival Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu is said to have won nearly 39 percent of the vote.
Former head of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ihsanoglu, 71, was the joint candidate of the center-left Republican People's Party (CHP) and the far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).
'I hope that the result is beneficial for democracy in Turkey,' Ihsanoglu said in Istanbul. 'I congratulate the prime minister and wish him success.'
Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas has reportedly won the third place with slightly more than nine percent of the vote.
Official results of the election are not expected before Monday.
Erdogan, who has promised tens of thousands of voters backing him in the election a strong and new Turkey, is going to fly to the capital Ankara for a victory speech.
Turkish citizens voted at more than 165,000 polling stations on Sunday to directly elect their head of state for a five-year term. Some 53 million people are eligible to vote.
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