Erdogan declared winner of Turkey presidential polls

Election posters show Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan left and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won Turkey's presidential election Sunday to stay in power for at least five more years.

There were no exit polls and the first results were expected later in the evening.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared himself the victor of a high-stakes Turkish election, as he looks to consolidate his power on a nation he has ruled for 15 years.

The results, if they stand, will be a disappointment to the opposition, which mounted a dynamic election campaign that hoped to push Erdoğan into a second-round run-off against İnce, and to wrest control of the legislature from the AKP. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he expects the level of development of his country to reach the levels of Russian Federation and the United States.

An unexpectedly strong showing by the AK Party´s alliance partner, the nationalist MHP, could translate into a stable parliamentary majority Erdogan seeks to govern freely.

A considerable majority of Turks who voted overseas endorsed President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the presidential election on June 24.

Erdogan, 64, also promised to deliver more of the big infrastructure projects that have characterized his time in power and helped make him the most popular - if also the most divisive - leader of modern Turkish history.

Turkey will also be electing 600 politicians to parliament - 50 more than in the previous assembly. The election campaign was heavily skewed in his favor, with opposition candidates struggling to get their speeches aired on television.

He also pledged that authorities, who have waged a nationwide crackdown since a failed military coup two years ago, would act more decisively against terrorist organisations.

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Polls heading into the vote suggested the ruling Islamist-rooted AK Party could lose parliamentary majority, which could hamper Erdogan's ability to power Turkey's new executive presidency.

Turnout at the elections hovered around an extraordinary 87% of the electorate, exceeding that of last year's referendum.

In a tweet earlier in the evening, he said only 37 percent of ballot boxes had actually been counted, as opposed to the more than almost 90 percent Anadolu was reporting at the time.

The lira, which has lost about a fifth of its value against the dollar this year, firmed more than 1 percent in early trading in Asia on hopes of a stable working relationship between the president and parliament.

As of 15:50 GMT, Erdogan is leading in the polls with almost 60 percent of the vote after 20 percent of the ballot boxes were opened.

"Necessary administrative and legal steps have been taken regarding claims on security issues at some polling stations in Suruc", election body chief Sadi Guven said.

Erdogan's supporters said only he could ensure political and economic stability in Turkey.

"Citizens have cast their votes and spoken clearly", the Turkish leader said in an address to supporters on Sunday, according to CNN. But he now faces a major challenge from the opposition. Erdogan accused his late ally and now nemesis, US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, of masterminding the coup.

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