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Turkish prime minister wins presidency

Posted: August 11, 2014 at 3:43 a.m.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center, flanked by Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambayev and his wife Emine Erdogan acknowledge supporters after Erdogan's election victory, in Ankara, Turkey, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. Erdogan won Turkey's first direct presidential election Sunday, striking a conciliatory tone toward critics who fear he is bent on a power grab as he embarks on another five years at the country's helm. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan won the country's first direct presidential election in the first round of voting Sunday, an unofficial vote count showed, ensuring he remains at the country's helm for at least another five years.

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