Turkey's Erdogan at 55.08 pct with 70.5 pct of presidential votes counted

In the June 24 elections 56.39 million Turkish citizens are voting in total – 53.34 million in Turkey and 3.05 million abroad

In the June 24 elections 56.39 million Turkish citizens are voting in total – 53.34 million in Turkey and 3.05 million abroad

The official announcement comes after Erdogan declared victory in the tightly-contested presidential election, extending his 15-year grip on power in the face of a revitalised opposition.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed his supporters after claiming victory in critical elections.

Mr Erdogan, who has been in power since 2003, is seeking a new five-year term with vastly increased powers under a new system and his ruling party is hoping to retain its majority in parliament.

Speaking early Monday, Supreme Election Council head Sadi Guven said 97.7 percent of votes had been counted and declared Erdogan the victor. "There is no stopping for us until we bring Turkey, which we saved from plotters, coupists and political and economic hitmen, street gangs and terrorist organisations, to among the top 10 economies in the world".

Meanwhile, Muharrem İnce has 30.8 percent of the votes, Meral Aksener 8.2 percent, and Selahattin Demirtaş 8.2 percent.

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If a candidate wins just over 50 percent of the vote, he will win the presidency, but if not, there will be a runoff on July 8. Ince further stressed that he would lift Turkey's state of emergency which has been in place over the past two years.

In the parliamentary vote, with 74 percent of ballot boxes counted, Erdogan's People's Alliance, which includes his AK party and a small nationalist party, stood at 55.7 percent, while the opposition Nation Alliance grouping together nationalists, secularists and a small Islamic-leaning party, was at 32.9 percent.

"This stability must continue and that can happen with Erdogan so I voted for him", said janitor Mehmet Yildirim, 48, in Istanbul.

Mr Erdogan, 64, returns to power after gaining a comfortable 52.6% of the vote - but his ruling Justice and Development Party suffered losses as it polled 42.5% in a parliamentary ballot.

The AKP's results are expected to be lower than they were in the 2015 election, when the party received almost 50 percent, achieving a comfortable majority in the parliament.

Two main candidates posing a tough challenge to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections have cast their votes and vowed vigilance amid fears of possible fraud.

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In the opposition camp, the CHP had 22 percent and the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) 10.3 percent, crucially above the 10 percent threshold needed to enter parliament.

The election council will announce final results on Friday. He has campaigned from jail, where he has been held since November 2016 while awaiting trial on charges of having ties to Kurdish militants.

"The presidency requires experience", said the man who has led Turkey since 2003 as prime minister and since 2014 as the country's first directly elected president.

Erdoogan had faced an energetic campaign by Ince, who has rivalled the incumbent's charisma and crowd-pulling on the campaign trail, as well as a strong opposition alliance in the legislative poll.

Parliament has been weakened and the post of prime minister abolished, as measures approved in a controversial referendum previous year take effect.

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He also pledged a more "determined" fight against outlawed Kurdish rebels and alleged members of a movement led by US -based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom he accuses of orchestrating a 2016 failed coup against his government. Critics say it is a blatant power grab and pushes Turkey closer to authoritarian rule.

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