Turkish PM Erdogan wins presidential election

Current Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has won Turkey's first popular presidential election, the country's election body has confirmed.

Mustafa Sentop, deputy chairman of the ruling AK Party, said Erdogan had received just over 52 percent of the vote.

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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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