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Erdogan thanks supporters for election victory

Tayyip Erdogan has won Turkey's first presidential election after securing a majority of votes, a top official said tonight.

Supporters of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan celebrate his election as the country's 12th president in Ankara. Credit: Murad Sezer/Reuters

Sadi Guven, chairman of Turkey's High Election Board, said that 99 per cent of the votes had been counted.

Erdogan, who had been prime minister, thanked his supporters for electing him as the country's 12th president and pledged a new period of social reconciliation.

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Election body: Erdogan wins Turkish presidential race

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has won Turkey's first presidential election, the High Election Board (YSK) says, citing provisional figures.

"The provisional results show that Erdogan has the majority of the valid votes," YSK chairman Sadi Guven told a news conference.

"Tomorrow I will provide the numbers. We have received more than 99 percent (of the votes). Tomorrow we will announce the provisional results."

Erdogan 'wins Turkish presidential election'

Tayyip Erdogan is expected to make a statement later. Credit: Reuters

Tayyip Erdogan has won Turkey's first popular presidential election with just over 52 percent of the vote, Mustafa Sentop, deputy chairman of the ruling AK Party, said.

Turkey's electoral authorities are not officially due to announce their first results until Monday, with final figures due later in the week, but Erdogan, 60, is expected to make a victory address later today.

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Two Brits dead in jeep safari accident in Turkey

Two British people have died in a jeep safari accident in Turkey, the Foreign Office said.

Two other Britons were injured and remain in hospital following the accident near Fethiye in the south west of the country, it said.

According to reports, the open-top vehicle crashed into a telegraph pole as the group returned from a day trip to the Saklikent Gorge.

Three Turkish nationals, including the driver, were also injured, it was reported.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are aware of a jeep safari accident near Fethiye in Turkey involving four British nationals, two of whom have died and two of whom have been hospitalised. We are providing consular assistance."

Riot police fires teargas at protesters in Istanbul

Turkish riot police clashed with anti-government protesters in central Istanbul on the anniversary of the country's biggest anti-government demonstrations in decades.

Riot police fire tear gas and water cannons Credit: Reuters

The police fired teargas and water cannon to disperse the protests and detained dozens of demonstrators.

Plainclothes police officers detain a demonstrator in Istanbul Credit: Reuters

Authorities closed roads and stopped public transport to deny the protesters access to Taksim Square and the adjoining Gezi Park.The government plans to raze the park and build a shopping mall sparked last year's unrest.

A riot police officer fires tear gas to disperse anti-government protest Credit: Reuters

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan warned people to stay out of Taksim, saying security forces would not tolerate any march on the square.

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