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The Turks went to the polls this Sunday to elect their president and renew their parliament. Polling stations closed at 5 p.m. (local) and first official estimates are expected in the early evening.

In a divided country, voters have chosen their new president and renewed their parliament. The offices closed their doors at 5 p.m. (4 p.m. in France), without any notable incident.

64 million voters were registered across this country of 85 million inhabitants, traditionally assiduous at the polls with participation rates above 80%.

Polarized between the two main candidates, Islamo-conservative President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, 69, in power for twenty years, and his opponent Kemal Kiliçdaroglu, 74, head of a social democratic and secular party CHP, the country must grant one of the two at least 50% of the votes plus one to ensure victory in the first round.



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