April 22, 2024

Let’s take a step back and look at the broader picture.

After 20 years in power, Turkey’s President Erdogan is facing his toughest challenge, in the form of Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the opposition’s unity candidate.

At this stage of the count, both sides are claiming to be ahead – partly in an attempt to keep control of the narrative, as our correspondent Jonny Dymond in Istanbul points out.

The overall picture is unclear, with rival news agencies reporting different numbers.

However, the state news agency Anadolu’s latest figures, for the first time this evening, show Erdogan dipping below the 50% threshold needed to win the election outright.

If neither man gains half the vote at the end of the night, we go to a run-off.

There are also millions more votes to be counted, so much to play for.

Stick with us for the latest.

 

 

 

 

Nathan Williams, Alexandra Fouché and Ece Goksedef

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