A presidential election campaign banner of Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, with a slogan that reads "Man of the nation", hangs on a street near his ruling AK Party headquarters in Ankara August 11, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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The European Union Monday urged Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to play a conciliatory role in Turkey, a day after becoming his country's first popularly elected head of state.The bellicose former prime minister and leader of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), who won with 51.9 percent of the vote, has gained a reputation for his strong and at times vitriolic speech toward domestic opponents and world leaders alike, increasingly frustrating Western allies of the NATO member. Critics say Erdogan is adopting polarizing tactics and populist politics to galvanize core supporters among the majority Muslim voters, while alienating opponents, including leftists, secular liberals and ethnic and religious minorities, as he tries to extend his grip on the country and push through constitutional change.But in his first address as president Sunday, observers pointed to a marked change in his usual fiery rhetoric, suggesting he may pursue a more conciliatory approach as he seeks to shore up an AKP majority in parliament in the 2015 general polls. EU council President Herman Van Rompuy and EU Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso congratulated Erdogan on the win, but urged him to adopt an inclusive approach.Balci said Erdogan is also very conscious that his job will be very tough.
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