Erdogan faces tough challenge in Turkey polls

Turks voted yesterday in presidential and parliamentary elections that posed the biggest challenge to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his party, AKP, since they swept to power over a decade ago.

Polling stations closed at 5pm.

The turnout was good, Mr Erdogan said. There were no exit polls and the first results were expected later in the evening. Polls showed Mr Erdogan falling short of a first-round win in the presidential race.

He is expected to win a run-off on July 8, while his party may lose its parliamentary majority.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 25, 2018, with the headline 'Erdogan faces tough challenge in Turkey polls'. Print Edition | Subscribe