Turkish voters will directly elect their head of state for the first time in the country's modern history in the August 10 election, with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan the favorite to become president. (AFP/Ozan Kose)
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan Saturday roused tens of thousands of supporters with a call for a strong and new Turkey, as he held his final mass rally ahead of presidential polls he is widely expected to win.Konya is known as the bastion of his Islamic-leaning Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and the rally marked the culmination of almost 30 mass election meetings Erdogan has held up and down the country since early July.Turkey will for the first time vote directly for its next president Sunday, with Erdogan looking set to continue more than a decade of domination over the country as head of state. Erdogan, a famously tough campaigner, mercilessly mocked his political opponents at election rallies across the country.Erdogan also said he would keep the country united and put aside fighting and pressures.
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