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GETTYErdogan and his opposition Muharrem Ince

GETTYErdogan and his opposition Muharrem Ince

Erdogan, who enjoys sky-high support in parts of the Anatolian heart of the country, improved on his 51.8 per cent score from 2014.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has become one of the first world leaders to congratulate Recep Tayyip Erdogan on being re-elected as Turkey's president.

Erdogan's supporters took to the streets in Istanbul and other cities in celebration Sunday night. She did not disclose when the call might take place. He faces 142 years in prison if convicted.

The state-run Anadolu news agency has Mr Erdogan leading the race with 52.63%, more than the 50% required to avoid a second round on July 8.

The appeal of the MHP - as well as the emergence of a new nationalist party in parliament, the Iyi or Good Party - indicates that Turkey will only continue to strengthen its nationalist policy at home and overseas.

Voter turnout was high at nearly 87%, the state broadcaster reported.

The victor will wield sweeping executive powers under a new presidential system, which curbs the authority of parliament and the judiciary and which critics say entrenches one-man rule. He will now rule under a new system in which the role of prime minister is abolished and the president has unprecedented authority. The president will be able to issues decrees to form, regulate ministries and remove civil servants, all without parliamentary approval. Erdogan may be facing rough times ahead, however, because analysts predict an economic downturn for Turkey amid rising inflation and a struggling currency.

According to Ozgur Unluhisarcikli, Ankara director of German Marshall Fund of the United States, it was not the campaign performance of Erdogan or underperformance of his opponents that created the result.

Trailing were Selahattin Demirtas of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) with over eight percent in third and Meral Aksener of the nationalist (Iyi) Good Party with over seven percent.

The opposition had said late on Sunday it was still too early to concede defeat. Ince has reportedly secured just 31 percent, despite enormous popular rallies and a seemingly galvanized opposition movement in the lead-up to election day.

Both operations came after a year of intense terror attacks conducted by both PKK and its affiliates as well as Daesh in Turkey in 2016.

Ince was due to speak at a news conference at 0900 GMT.

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Erdongan, meanwhile, spoke about the work he plans to do to make Turkey's economy one of the strongest in the world.

81 million Turkish citizens have voted in parliamentary and presidential elections.

The current constitution was adopted in 1982 after the 1980 military coup.

Under Erdogan, the government has presided over a far-reaching crackdown on dissidents, activists and the media, jailing journalists and opposition leaders, and shuttering independent news outlets.

Today's election is the first since Turkey switched to a presidential system of governance after the April 2017 constitutional referendum. It would also extend how long a president could serve.

Despite Erdogan's hopes for a strong economy, the value of Turkey's lire has lost almost 20 percent of its value this year.

The president will decide whether or not to impose a state of emergency and then present it to the parliament.

In parliament, Erdogan's AKP saw its hold weaken slightly; it ended up with 295 seats - six less than the 301-seat majority it needs to govern by itself. The minimum age for MPs has also been lowered from 25 to 18.

The Venice Commission, which provides legal advice to the Council of Europe, warned about the changes in a report, saying they would "lead to an excessive concentration of executive power in the hands of the president and the weakening of parliamentary control of that power".

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Mr Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, was also hoping to retain its majority in parliament.

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