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>> Tayyip Erdoğan and his ruling AK Party are claiming victory in Turkey's presidential election in a vote that will see the long standing leader overcoming his biggest electorial challenge in over a decade. I'm Reuters correspondent Emily Wither in Istanbul. And as the results have been coming in here through the night you can hear people celebrating on the streets, people honking their car horns, and even the occasional firework.
But the main opposition here, the Republican People's Party, the CHP, say it's still too early to concede defeat.>>
> In the days running up to this vote, former school teacher Mohallem Enjay drew hundreds of thousands out onto the streets in final rallies. Video clips are doing the rounds here as well on social media showing opposition supporters carrying bags of ballot papers that they claim haven't been counted.
Up to half a million monitors from opposition parties and NGOs were deployed to detect possible electoral fraud, saying there were some concerns about the fairness of these elections. Under the new constitution that comes into effect now after this vote, the President will hold considerable power. And critics say that these enhanced powers simply put too much into the hands of one person, and that Turkey lacks the checks and balances of other executive presidencies such as the US.
Erdogan argues that these new powers, that he fought for last year in a referendum, will put him in a stronger position to tackle the country's economy and crushed Kurdish rebels in the south of the country and in neighboring Iraq and Syria. Turnout for these elections was very high at around 87%.
And while Erdogan is not short of critics on the world stage, accusing him of authoritarianism. And of course inside Turkey many here strongly disagree with his leadership. Tonight's results really show that his brand of nationalist conservationism still speaks to huge waves of Turkey's population.