ErdoIan leads election race by 51 percent

ISTANBUL (CIHAN)- As vote counting process neared to end, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoIan won Turkey’s first presidential election by a popular vote by getting 51 percent of the votes according to the unofficial results in the first round across the country.

Around 53 million voters went to polls between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. across the country to elect 12th president of the country. ErdoIan got around 18 million votes, while his opponent Ekmeleddin IhsanoIlu got 38 percent of the votes with around 13 million. Third candidate Selahattin DemirtaI won 9 percent of the votes with around 3 million.

ErdoIan delivered a short speech at the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) election coordination center in Istanbul in front of a large crowd. “We will continue to serve our nation for a better democracy and to make the resolution process rein,” he said.