With 99.66% of the ballots counted, Erdogan received 52.13 percent of the votes, and his rival Kemal Kulçdaroğlu – 47.87%. Voter turnout according to the votes counted so far is 84.3%.
27,579,657 voters voted for Erdogan, and 25,324,254 for Kemal Kulçdaroglu.
64,197,419 people had the right to vote in the second round.
Voting in the 81 Turkish districts took place without significant violations or incidents. Only in the afternoon, the Istanbul General Prosecutor’s Office announced that five people were detained for spreading provocative posts on social networks about the second round of the presidential elections.
As in the first round, President Recep Erdogan voted in the Yusküdar district on the Asian side of Istanbul, where his residence is located. In front of the section there were again many people who had been waiting for hours in the rain for the president. After casting his vote alongside his wife Emine, Erdogan, 69, said he expected the results to come out quickly as only two candidates were being voted on.
“For the first time in the history of Turkish democracy, we are witnessing a second round of presidential voting. At the same time, there are no other elections in history in which so many voters have participated,” Erdogan commented after exercising his right to vote.
Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Recep Erdogan on his election victory in the runoff in Turkey. With 99% of ballots processed, Erdogan received 52.1% and his opponent Kemal Kulçdaroğlu – 47.9%.
“The election victory is a natural result of the selfless work as the head of state of Turkey,” said the message of the Russian president.
“Congratulations to President Erdogan on his undisputed victory,” Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán wrote on social media. Earlier, Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeiba also sent his congratulations, even as the counting of votes continued.
The President of Iran also congratulated Recep Erdogan. Ebraim Raisi described his likeness as “a sign of the continued trust of the people in Turkey.”
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro congratulated “his brother and friend” Recep Erdogan on his “triumph”. Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani also congratulated Erdogan on the victory.
Photo: May we have a nation that gives us another victory. Happy Turkish Century. Congratulations on our great Türkiye victory. / Recep Tayyip Erdoğan@RTErdogan