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Erdogan wins Turkish presidency with 52%: near-final vote count

Turkish people holds flags and a picture of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as they celebrate his win in a presidential vote on August 10, 2014Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday won Turkey’s presidency in the first round of elections with 52.1 percent of the vote, an almost complete vote count said. Erdogan’s main rival Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu won 38.8 percent of the vote and Kurdish candidate Selahattin Demirtas 9.1 percent of the vote, Turkish television channels said, based on a 99 percent vote count. With his victory now certain, Erdogan, a pious Muslim, headed to the historic Eyup Sultan Mosque in Istanbul for prayer.

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