Türkiye's Erdogan calls to refrain from early vote announcement as count underway

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ANKARA, May 14 (Xinhua) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on Sunday to avoid "hastily" announcing the presidential election's results as the counting of votes is still underway.

While the presidential election was held in such a "positive and democratic" atmosphere and the vote counting is still going on, trying to announce results "hastily means usurping the national will," Erdogan, the incumbent candidate, said in a tweet.

"We are pleased that the favor of our nation is reflected in the ongoing vote count," Erdogan said.

"I ask all of my colleagues to stay at the ballot boxes, no matter what until the results are officially finalized," he said.

Turkish semi-official Anadolu Agency estimated that Erdogan was leading the presidential race with 50.13 percent of the vote, while his main rival Kemal Kilicdaroglu won 44.09 percent, after 85 percent of the boxes were counted.

However, the gap between Erdogan and Kilicdaroglu is narrowing as more votes are being counted, thus may lead to a runoff vote on May 28 if no presidential candidate wins over 50 percent of the vote. Enditem

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