2nd LD: Türkiye's Erdogan wins presidential runoff: report

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ANKARA, May 28 (Xinhua) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won Türkiye's presidential runoff on Sunday, according to unofficial results delivered by the semi-official Anadolu Agency.

Erdogan secured 52.10 percent of votes while his contender Kemal Kilicdaroglu, 74, the leader of the center-left Republican People's Party (CHP) and presidential nominee of the opposition bloc, received 47.90 percent, after 99.49 percent of ballot boxes were opened, Anadolu said.

In the first round of the presidential election on May 14, Erdogan earned 49.52 percent of the vote while Kilicdaroglu received 44.88 percent.

Neither secured more than 50 percent of the votes needed to call a winner in the first round, therefore an election runoff was held for the first time for the presidency.

The twin elections saw a high voter turnout at 86.98 percent, with almost 54 million citizens going to the polls.

In the last two weeks, the two candidates focused to appeal to nationalist votes in their campaigns. They both pledged to focus on problems regarding refugee issues and vowed to end terrorism as the May 14 results showed an increase in support for nationalist parties.

Erdogan was promising a new "Turkish century" if he is re-elected. He also stressed his presidency as a requirement for harmony among state institutions and stability in the country as his alliance held the majority at the parliament. Enditem

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