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    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters during a rally for the upcoming referendum, in Izmir, Turkey, April 9, 2017.

    Needless to Say: Erdogan Elected Chairman of Turkey's Ruling AK Party

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    The voting had only one candidate.

    ANKARA (Sputnik) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been elected for the position of the chairman of the ruling Turkish Justice and Development (AK) party at an extraordinary party congress on Sunday.

    According to the results of the voting, 1,414 delegates participating in the congress voted for Erdogan, while no other candidates ran for the party's chairmanship.

    After the results were announced, Erdogan held a short speech, stressing that a new stage in Turkey's development was about to begin.

    "The upcoming months will see leaps in many spheres, including economy and fight against terrorism," Erdogan said.

    The congress was organized after Erdogan had decided to return to the party, following the results of the Turkish referendum on April 16, which has significantly expanded powers of the Turkish president and allowed him to remain in the ranks of his party while holding the office.


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