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Turkey's main opposition candidate has conceded defeat in Sunday's presidential and parliamentary elections, calling on the victor, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to end his divisive policies.

Support for Erdogan in Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections Sunday appears to have been particularly high among Turkish citizens living in Austria, whose government has clashed with the Turkish leader in the past. The president will also have the power to issue decrees with the force of law. If he wins, Erdogan will become the first leader to formally exercise them. This is very important.

"We respect the decision of Turkish voters and look forward to a constructive relationship with President Erdoğan as we jointly confront common challenges", the State Department said.

"With the presidential system, Turkey is seriously raising the bar, rising above the level of contemporary civilizations". Turkey sees the YPG as an extension of the outlawed PKK.

Turkish troops and allied Syrian Arab rebels have stormed one YPG enclave in northern Syria and now Ankara and Washington are in talks to defuse a stand-off around the town of Manbij. The opposition has claimed that could lead to voter fraud. Turkey and Russian Federation are on opposite sides in Syria, with Moscow remaining the chief ally of President Bashar al-Assad's regime and Ankara backing rebels seeking his ouster.

The vote will be closely watched by the European Union - which Erdogan says he still wants Turkey to join despite the accession process grinding to a halt - and the United States which has seen no improvement in ties with its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally under Donald Trump.

Early on Tuesday, authorities ordered the detention of 30 people in Turkey's coastguard and navy over their alleged links to Fethullah Gulen's network, Anadolu said.

Yet another bone of contention concerns arms sales.

"God willing, Turkey will start flying with this system". Washington has backed the group in the fight against Islamic State.

President Mamnoon Hussian and PML-N leaders Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif had already felicitated President Erdogan on his historic victory.

On the call Putin and Erdogan confirmed their interest in "deepening partnership ties between the two countries", the Kremlin said, singling out priority projects such as the TurkStream gas pipeline and Turkey's first nuclear power plant being built by Moscow.

But they note that, while former secretary of state Rex Tillerson and national security adviser H.R. McMaster built a rapport with Ankara, their successors Mike Pompeo and John Bolton have yet to do so. The repression of political opposition that Erdoğan's regime has been practicing, alongside the mass imprisonment of journalists, judges, academics and state employees, without charges and without any possibility of appeal, must stop immediately.

Speaking in a personal capacity at a think tank event, he admitted that none of the outstanding disputes are "made any easier" by the result.

Voting in Istanbul along with his son-in-law and Energy Minister Berat Albayrak, Mr. Erdoğan said he expected turnout to be strong in an indication of "how mature democracy is in Turkey".


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