Turkish Opposition Congratulates Country's 1st Directly Elected President

The main opposition candidate in Turkey's first presidential election congratulated Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday after results showed Erdogan won, making him the country's first directly elected head of state. Broadcasters said Erdogan had 52.0 percent of the vote, 13 points more than his challenger Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu. Some say the historical election will increase the power of Erdogan, who has been prime minister for over a decade, and could lead to an increasingly authoritarian state.

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