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As the world will be watching the historic presidential elections in Turkey, World Bulletin will report to latests to Turkey and the world with sister organizations in English and Arabic languages.
The results will be reported instantly as soon as the Supreme Election Board allows publications.
Three candidates, Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan from AK Party, the opposition parties' candidate Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and, the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party's candidate Selahaddin Demirtas will compete in election, and the outcome is expected to be a very important milestone for Turkey and the region.
World Bulletin will share this historic moment with its readers all around the world and report the results the most accurate and fastest way as always.
Until now, Turkish presidents have been chosen by parliament but under a new law, the three candidates will face the national electorate as they compete for a five-year term.
Vote counting begins
Vote counting is underway in Turkey following the country's first election of a president by popular vote.
Electoral committees began counting the votes Sunday evening after the polls, which had opened at 8 a.m. (05.00 GMT), closed at 5 p.m. (14.00 GMT).
A total of 161,033 ballot boxes were opened throughout Turkey on Sunday morning for the election, which is widely seen as a referendum on the leadership of the most prominent candidate, incumbent Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
More than 53 million Turks were eligible to vote. Turkish presidents have previously been elected by the country's parliament.
The poll followed a constitutional change approved in a 2010 referendum, in which the powers of the presidential office were enhanced and the election of the president by popular vote was instituted.
The campaign has centered largely on the record of 60-year-old Erdogan -- Turkey's leading political figure for more than a decade.
The former head of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, 70, was the joint presidential candidate for Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party and the Nationalist Movement Party.
Turkey's opposition pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democracy Party nominated its co-chairman, Selahattin Demirtas, 41, as its candidate.
Only a few doubt that Recep Tayyip Erdogan will emerge victorious from the election on Aug 10. Even political circles in Ankara have started to discuss what messages will be delivered by Erdogan in his balcony speech after the election results.
It has become a tradition in Turkish politics that Erdogan gives a "balcony speech" after election victories. According to Turkish media, Erdogan will touch upon four main topics in his balcony speech: a new constitution, the reconciliation process, fighting the "parallel structure" and democratization.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Ağustos 2014, 23:30