Supporters of Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan celebrate his election victory in front of the party headquarters in Ankara August 10, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed Sunday a "new era" of reconciliation in Turkey after winning a "historic" victory in presidential elections.Erdogan was joined by top party officials as well as his wife Emine and the president of Kyrgyzstan, Almazbek Atambayev.Erdogan's main rival, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, conceded defeat in a brief speech in Istanbul.The first round victory ensures Erdogan, currently serving his third term as prime minister, remains at the country's helm for another five years.With 98 percent of ballot boxes opened, Erdogan stood at 51.95 percent of the vote, a count by the state-run Anadolu news agency showed. The turnout, which exceeded 89 percent in March local elections, appeared to be low, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly observer George Tsereteli told reporters.
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