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Erdogan is heading for presidential re-election, reinforced with a clear parliamentary majority

The Islamist leader achieves more than 53% of the votes, once counted 86% of the ballots

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Erdogan is heading for presidential re-election, reinforced with a clear parliamentary majority

The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Islamist leader who has exercised political power in Turkey uninterruptedly since 2002 is heading this Sunday to direct re-election as President of Republic, with more than 53% of votes, once Counted 86% of votes. In two-day presidential and legislative elections held this Sunday, his Justice and Development Party (AKP) is also approaching absolute majority in Parliament, with 44% of vote, which added to 11% collected by its conservative ally National Movement (MHP), seemed to guarantee camera's control.

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The elections were somewhat tarnished by allegations of irregularities and situations of violence by numerous fights in polling places between supporters of different political formations. At least two dead were recorded. Meanwhile, Muharrem Ince, asked citizens to protect ballot box against possible fraud by ruling AKP.

The most serious event has occurred in eastern province of Erzurum, with at least seven wounded and two dead, including local leader of Good Party (IYI), of opposition. According to statements by a local political leader quoted by daily Cumhuriyet fight originated when opposition observers refused to enter electoral College 24 sent from Ministry of Interior, after which militants of Ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to place and started a fight with sticks and gunfire.

With elections this Sunday, Turkey leaves behind decades of parliamentarism to become a presidential regime that, according to ruling party, will allow greater separation of powers. Instead, opposition criticizes that it will turn Turkey into a "one-person regime," so all formations against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are committed to restoring parliamentary regime if y come to power.

For Erdogan it will be opposite: it reinforces independence of powers and avoids " slowness" of current system by ending " bureaucratic oligarchy". In fact, already before elections, it was allowed to announce structure that its government will have, with a smaller number of ministries and several super-vice-ministers. "Our problems are different from those of or countries. And model we have put into practice is one that best suits our peculiarities. This is why we call this model ' Turkey model ' and we should turn it into a brand. The patent is ours. "

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