"Someone is in the kitchen, and we are on the balcony": Erdoğan sure of his victory?
The results show that the incumbent president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, won 49.39 percent of the votes, and his main rival, Kemal Kılıdaroğlu, won 45 percent, Anadolu Agency reported.
Neither Erdoğan, the candidate of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), nor Kılıdaroğlu, the candidate of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), managed to win more than 50 percent of the votes needed for victory in the first round and will have to compete in the second round that will take place on May 28, reports Reuters.
The presidential election will decide not only who will lead Turkey for the next five years and whether the country returns to a more secular, democratic path, but also how Turkey will deal with a serious economic crisis and rising cost of living, as well as how official Ankara will further build key political relations with Russia, the countries of the Middle East and the West.
Kılıdaroğlu, who announced that he would win the second round, urged his supporters to be patient and accused Erdogan's party of interfering with the counting of votes and the reporting of the results.
However, Erdogan achieved a better result than the pre-election polls had predicted and addressed his supporters in a confident and fighting mood.
"We are already ahead of our closest rival by 2.6 million votes. We expect this figure to increase with the final official results," said the current Turkish president.
He began his speech with the words "someone is in the kitchen and we are on the balcony", referring to his main opponent Kemal Kılıdaroğlu, who during the election campaign published videos from his modest kitchen.
"Although the final results have not arrived yet, we are leading significantly. We do not yet know the final official...