President Recep Tayyip Erdogan handily won re-election Sunday, cementing his hold on power with huge new authority, but his historic victory was tempered after his ruling party was deprived of a majority in a concurrent parliamentary vote and the opposition refusal to concede.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, accompanied by his grandchildren, casts his ballot at a polling station in Istanbul, Turkey June 24, 2018.
Speaking early Monday, Supreme Election Council head Sadi Guven said 97.7 percent of votes had been counted and declared Erdogan the victor.
In the parliamentary vote, with 88 per cent of ballot boxes counted, according to Anadolu, Erdogan's People's Alliance, which includes his Justice and Development Party, or AKP, and a small nationalist party, stood at 54.4 per cent, while the opposition Nation Alliance grouping together nationalists, secularists and a small Islamic-leaning party, was at 33.7 per cent.
Erdogan, who has dominated Turkish politics for 15 years, first as prime minister and since 2014 as president, praised the executive presidency that comes into force after the election.
Speaking at the YSK headquarters in Ankara after presidential and parliamentary elections, Sadi Guven also said the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) had passed the 10 percent threshold needed to enter parliament.
Mr Ince jumped over the required 10 percent of votes to gain seats in parliament.
Incumbent president Recep Tayyip Erdogan will fight for his re-election with five other candidates.
Mr Ince accused Anadolu of "manipulation" of the results.
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Earlier on Sunday, a crowd of Erdogan's supporters chanted his name as he emerged from a school after voting in Turkey's largest city Istanbul, shaking hands with people amid tight security.
Erdogan also declared victory in the parliamentary election saying that the alliance led by the AKP and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) had won the majority in parliament.
In uncharacteristically conciliatory remarks, Erdogan said Turkey had taught the world "a lesson in democracy".
As of 15:50 GMT, Erdogan is leading in the polls with almost 60 percent of the vote after 20 percent of the ballot boxes were opened.
He said "there is a high probability the presidential election will go to a second round".
Cheering Erdogan supporters waving Turkish flags gathered outside the president's official residence in Istanbul, chanting, "Here's the president, here's the commander".
More than 56 million Turkish citizens are eligible to vote.
The HDP reported a handful of irregularities to the High Electoral Board during polling, including bloc voting and armed groups intimidating voters in the largely Kurdish southeast.
He brought forward the elections from November 2019, but he reckoned without Ince, a former physics teacher and veteran CHP lawmaker, whose feisty performance at campaign rallies has galvanized Turkey's long-demoralised and divided opposition.