Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag has expressed support for Anadolu Agency’s election coverage.
“During this election and in previous ones, at no time did Anadolu Agency supply any incorrect or incomplete results,” Bozdag said Sunday on Twitter.
“Any claim to the contrary is a defamation of Anadolu Agency,” he added.
Bozdag also accused the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) of threatening both Anadolu Agency and the state Supreme Election Council (YSK).
Preliminary poll results as of 9.45 p.m. local time (1845GMT) show Erdogan winning 54.4 percent of the vote, with his closest rival Muharrem Ince with 29.8 percent.
His ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party is also leading in parliamentary polls, with 44.1 percent of the vote counted.
Along with the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), the AK Party’s election ally, the People's Alliance has so far won 55.57 percent of the vote.
Reporting by Kemal Karadag; Writing by Handan Kazanci