BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 A.M.) – Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gathered in front of his Justice and Development Party (AK) headquarters in Istanbul on Sunday after he claimed victory in the snap presidential election.
The country’s electoral board (YSK) is yet to announce the official results of the election but the state-run Anadolu Agency reports that after counting 97 percent of votes, Erdogan is sitting on 52.62 percent while his key political opponent Muharrem Ince is estimated to trailing behind on 30.76.
It is thought the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) will exceed the 10 percent threshold needed to enter parliament.
At an estimated 11 percent, the HDP will hold 46 seats becoming the second largest opposition party in the new chamber.
Erdogan called a snap election in April, bringing the original poll date forward from November 2019.