Dismissing the opposition’s claims of foul play, he even predicted the final trickle of results on Sunday could push him over the 50 percent needed for another five-year stint in power.
“We don’t know whether the presidential election will be finished in the first round.
If our people have decided to finish it in the second round then that’s most welcome too.
We believe we will finish the election in the first round successfully.”.
He said 300 ballot boxes were being held up in Ankara, and 783 in Istanbul.
Two of Turkey’s most senior opposition politicians, Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu and Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş, cried foul over the way the state-run Anadolu news agency was reporting results.
This is a highly sensitive topic as Anadolu’s feed is widely used by TV channels for their live election coverage. »