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Erdogan Wins Turkey Presidential Poll

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan celebrates his election victory flanked by his wife Ermine in front of his party's headquarters in Ankara August 10, 2014.
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan celebrates his election victory flanked by his wife Ermine in front of his party's headquarters in Ankara August 10, 2014.
Dorian Jones

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won his country's first-ever direct presidential election, ensuring he will remain Turkey's leader for another five years.

Turkey's election commission Sunday said that with nearly all the votes counted, provisional results show Erdogan won an absolute majority of the vote.  

The results show him easily outdistancing two opponents, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, former chief of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, garnered about 39 percent of the vote, and Kurdish candidate Selahattin Demirtas with nine percent.

Turkish television reports said the 60-year-old Erdogan, a devout Muslim, headed to a mosque to pray before an expected flight to the capital, Ankara, for a victory speech.

Erdogan is in his third term as prime minister and his election will extend his decade-long domination of Turkish political affairs.

Supporters of Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan celebrate his election victory in front of his party's headquarters in Ankara August 10, 2014.Supporters of Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan celebrate his election victory in front of his party's headquarters in Ankara August 10, 2014.
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Supporters of Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan celebrate his election victory in front of his party's headquarters in Ankara August 10, 2014.
Supporters of Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan celebrate his election victory in front of his party's headquarters in Ankara August 10, 2014.

He is viewed by supporters as responsible for Turkey's economic advance while turning the country toward religious conservatism and away from its secular traditions.  The prime minister said during the campaign he would exercise the full powers of the presidency under Turkey's existing laws, including the authority to call parliament, summon Cabinet meetings and appoint prime ministers, the council of ministers and some high court judges.

In the past, Turkey's presidents have been ceremonial figureheads, but Erdogan says he intends to change the constitution and establish an executive presidency. After casting his vote Sunday, he cited the importance of the election.

"This is very important for Turkey in terms of our political history, because it's a first. As we've repeatedly said before, for the first time our people will choose their president without an intermediary. In this regard it's very, very important," said Erdogan.

Religious conservatives, who are Erdogan's core supporters, see his rise to the presidency as the crowning achievement of his drive to reshape Turkey.  As prime minister, he has broken the hold of the secular elite that dominated government since the founding of the modern Turkish republic in 1923 by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

The prime minister's critics are disturbed by his Islamist political roots and his increasingly authoritarian bent.  In the past year, Erdogan has purged thousands of police and prosecutors, increased the powers of the country’s intelligence agency and banned access to YouTube and Twitter as he fought off corruption probes that implicated the government and family members.

Erdogan's campaign slogan was "national will, national power."

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by: Gulen from: Canada
August 11, 2014 10:23 AM
I would like to reply to Mr. Hatef Ozlam. yes, you are right that Turkey is now an Islamic fascist state sponsoring Hamas, ISIS and Al Nusra and Al Qaeda... and we know that these terrorist organizations broadcast their depravity on social media for all the world to see and be afraid... as you should be... be afraid, be very afraid... fear of pain, mutilations, terrorism and barbarity is Islamic religious edict. But I believe that the Turks will rise up and reclaim their country from the depravity of the Islamists just like Egypt had done but was betrayed by Idiots in Washington.

However, it will be difficult to rescue Turkey from the Islamists because although Erdogan emasculated our Army and military and police, he has build a gestapo like internal "police" force that matches in its brutality ISIS ans Hamas. My advice to America, you have lost all credibility in the Middle East, there is no doubt about that, so you must talk to the Israelis before you do anything, Israel know everything, I am sorry to say this, but they are the most intelligent people we have in the world - and Erdogan knows this most of all.
America, listen to me, Turkey is not your friend.

by: Hatef Ozlam from: Turkey
August 11, 2014 12:23 AM
Listen Obama, you idiot... Erdogan's election is just like Hitler election in Germany... just like Hamas election in Palestine... This is Turkey Islamic fascism. Turkey and Qatar are the sponsors of ISIL in Iraq and Syria. The Kurds live in half of Turkey's land. America is arming the Kurds... something will spark the hatred between the Kurds and the Turkeys. The Turkeys are treacherous, they are not America's friends. If you rely on them they will betray you. Obama, you stupid fool, beware of the Turkeys. The disaster you brought on the Middle East by betraying Egypt will not fail to draw American blood. Neither American nor your beloved Israel will be able to be safe again after this election. Obama, prepare for war and terrorism

by: Emre from: Turkey
August 10, 2014 5:32 PM
Now,Turkey has entered a new age.After heavy attacks on government and Erdogan,this victory of Erdogan is not only himselves.This is the victory of independent will of the Turkish nation.Turkey is a developing and growing country.Although all interceptions and interventions to Turkish efforts for becoming a powerful country,Erdogan won the elections.

In the Ottoman Ages,Sultans had been praying in Eyup Sultan Mosque just before ascending the throne.Today,after Erdogan has been stated as Turkish 12th President,he has gone to Eyup Sultan just like Ottoman ruler Sultans.We are going to see a neo-Ottoman State what influences the whole ex-Caliphate lands and Turkic countries.It's neither a dream nor impossible aim,it is really close to be fulfilled.
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by: Ali baba from: new york
August 11, 2014 11:48 AM
Turkey has to restore Faze and consider new minister for belly dancer. Turkey will be doomed as Ottoman destroyed in the past

by: ali baba from: new york
August 10, 2014 4:42 PM
Welcome for new ottoman empire

by: Faruk from: Lebanon
August 10, 2014 4:22 PM
Turkey has degenerated into a Muslim Brotherhood state. A NATO member..!!! would you believe that corruption..?? what are we doing to ourselves..?? HEY OBAMA... the Muslim Brotherhood is Al Qaeda... it is Hamas... it is ISIL...!!!

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