Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine Erdogan acknowledge supporters after Erdogan's election victory, in Ankara, Turkey, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. (AP/Burhan Ozbilici)
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Turkey's ruling party begins deliberations on the shape of the next government Monday after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan secured his place in history by winning the nation's first direct presidential election.In the coming weeks, Erdogan will for the last time chair meetings of the ruling AK Party he founded and oversee the selection of a new party leader, likely to be a staunch loyalist and his future prime minister.Supporters honking car horns and waving flags took to the streets in Ankara after results on Turkish television said Erdogan, the prime minister for more than a decade, had won 52 percent of the vote.The chairman of the High Election Board confirmed Erdogan had a majority, with more than 99 percent of votes counted, and said full provisional figures would be released later Monday.Erdogan has vowed to exercise the full powers granted to the presidency under current laws, unlike predecessors who played a mainly ceremonial role. It will be vital for Erdogan to have a loyal prime minister.Erdogan's critics fear a supine prime minister will leave him too powerful, and erode the presidency's traditional role as a check on the powers of the executive.
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