Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan was elected for his third consecutive presidential term on Sunday, TASS reports.
He will take the oath in the year when the country celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey.
Ahmet Yener, who heads Turkey’s highest election authority, the Supreme Election Council, said late on Sunday that with 99.43% of the ballots counted, Tayyip Erdogan gets 52.14%, and Kemal Kilicdaroglu - 47.86%.
The Anadolu news agency said around 400,000 votes that have not yet been processed by the system will have no effect on the outcome.
Turkey’s highest election authority, the Supreme Election Council, plans to announce the official results of the presidential elections and the May 14 parliamentary elections by June 1.
Erdogan, 69, was first elected as the president of Turkey in 2014 and re-elected to the post in 2018. So far, only the first three presidents of Turkey were elected to three consecutive presidential terms - the founder of the republic Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (1923-1938, four terms), his successor Mustafa Ismet Inonu (1938-1950, four terms) and Mahmud Celaleddin ‘Celal’ Bayar (1950-1960, three terms).