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Erdogan says Turkish people have "shown their will" in presidential vote

Turkish people holds flags of Turkey and a picture of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as they celebrate after Erdogan was on course for a crushing first-round victory in presidential elections to become a powerful head of state, on August 10, 2014 in Istanbul. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILIC

ISTANBUL: Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday the Turkish people had "shown their will" in a presidential election which local media and allies said he had won, but stopped short of formally declaring victory, saying he would make a full statement later.

"I hope the final whistle will be blown by the referee, but the stands have made their decision. The people have shown their will," Erdogan told crowds of supporters at a convention centre in Istanbul, from where he will fly to the capital Ankara.

"The moment the results reach 100 percent we will call out from our balcony at our (party) headquarters," he said.

 

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