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Erdogan wins Turkish presidency, vows 'new era'

A Turkish man, wrapped in the national flag, prepares to cast his vote at a polling station in Istanbul on August 10, 2014Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised the start of a “new era” after winning presidential elections in an easy triumph, despite fears the country is creeping towards one-man rule. With Turkey still deeply polarised after bitter 2013 protests, Erdogan has vowed to shake up the country’s political system to make the president its number one figure. The third contender, Kurdish candidate Selahattin Demirtas, won 9.7 percent of the vote. Thousands of people filled central Istanbul waving Turkish flags and holding Erdogan pictures to celebrate his victory as fireworks lit up the sky over the capital Ankara.

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