Turkey's presidential election appears headed for runoff

The Turkish presidential election appears to be headed for a runoff, with neither incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdogan nor his main rival, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, so far able to secure a majority of votes for an outright victory.

Sunday's election was effectively a two-man race between Erdogan and Kilicdaroglu, who heads a six-party alliance.

The latest figures from the government-affiliated Anadolu news agency indicate that Erdogan garnered 49.42 percent of vote to Kilicdaroglu's 44.95 percent. That was with 99.38 percent of the votes counted.

If neither wins a majority, there will be a runoff on May 28.

Erdogan told supporters early on Monday that he has no doubt that the choice of the people is on the side of trust and stability. But he said he does not know if the election will be decided in the first round.

Erdogan has ruled the NATO member-country for 20 years as either prime minister or president.

Kilicdaroglu told reporters that he will win the runoff and bring democracy to Turkey.

Multiple media outlets say Erdogan's People's Alliance also appears set to win a majority in the parliamentary election held at the same time, boosting his chances in the runoff.