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Turkey: Erdogan addresses supporters after election victory

Turkey, Istanbul
August 10, 2014 at 02:00 GMT +00:00 · Published

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan won the country's presidential election Sunday with 51.8 percent of the vote in the first round, meaning there is no need for a run-off. His main opponents in the election were diplomat Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas. Erdogan addressed a crowd of cheering supporters in Istanbul after almost all votes had been counted.

This election marks the first occasion a Turkish head of state has been elected directly by the population. Previously the president had been selected by representatives in the Grand National Assembly.

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan won the country's presidential election Sunday with 51.8 percent of the vote in the first round, meaning there is no need for a run-off. His main opponents in the election were diplomat Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas. Erdogan addressed a crowd of cheering supporters in Istanbul after almost all votes had been counted.

This election marks the first occasion a Turkish head of state has been elected directly by the population. Previously the president had been selected by representatives in the Grand National Assembly.

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