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Turkey’s Erdogan wins Turkey’s election run-off, says state media

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan appeared to be headed for victory in Turkey’s runoff election on Sunday, with data from both the state-run Anadolu agency and the opposition ANKA news agency giving him an edge.

The highly-contested elections went to a run-off election after Erdogan failed to secure more than 50 percent of the votes required for an outright victory in the first round on May 14.

According to media reports, with 97 percent of ballot boxes opened, Erdogan received 52.1 percent of votes in the second round on Sunday, beating his challenger, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, who won 47.9 percent.

The official Supreme Election Council has yet to confirm the results.

Erdogan took 49.52 percent of the vote in first round, while Kilicdaroglu received 44.88 percent.

The Turkish strongman will extend his 20-year rule for another five years.

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