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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who won the country's first ever direct presidential election in the first round Sunday, according to an unofficial vote count, salutes cheering supporters at a polling station in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. Turks were voting in their first direct presidential election Sunday - a watershed event in Turkey’s 91-year history, where the president was previously elected by Parliament.

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who won the country's first ever direct presidential election in the first round Sunday, according to an unofficial vote count, salutes cheering supporters at a polling station in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. Turks were voting in their first direct presidential election Sunday - a watershed event in Turkey’s 91-year history, where the president was previously elected by Parliament.