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Turkish PM Erdogan holds mass election rally in Istanbul

Published on Aug 4, 2014 3:50 AM

ISTANBUL (AFP) - Tens of thousands of supporters of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday massed in Istanbul for his last big rally in Turkey’s largest city one week ahead of presidential elections.

Mr Erdogan is widely expected to win the elections to become modern Turkey’s 12th president and staged a suitably presidential-style mass rally in the Istanbul suburb of Maltepe.

Brandishing Erdogan flags with his election slogan “national will, national power” and wearing Erdogan baseball caps, tens of thousands of people crammed into a vast outdoor sports complex.

A sea of people packed tightly together in the humid summer temperatures greeted Mr Erdogan, who in his usual style prowled around the stage with a microphone and roused supporters with his earthy rhetoric.

Supporters of Turkey's Prime Minister and presidential candidate Recep Tayyip Erdogan wave flags during an election rally in Istanbul on August 3, 2014. Turkey will vote for its first directly-elected president on August 10. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
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