Poll suggest Tayyip Erdogan looks set to win the upcoming presidential elections with 55 percent of the vote. Gavino Garay reports.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan appears on track to become Turkey's next president. A poll by Turkish pollster A&G suggests Erdogan will win Sunday's election with 55.1 percent. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PRIME MINISTER TAYYIP ERDOGAN SAYING: "God willing a new Turkey is being established tomorrow. A strong Turkey is rising again from the ashes." His rival, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, is predicted to gain only 33 percent. A representative of a local news daily talks about the upcoming election. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ANKARA REPRESENTATIVE OF HURRIYET DAILY NEWS SERKAN DEMIRTAS SAYING: "What we see is, like, Prime Minister Erdogan is leading the polls now and when you ask about the polarization, he doesn't seem that he's going to embrace 100 percent of the Turkish society if elected, because he is still using the same politics he is doing as prime minister and he is giving the signal that he will continue his political manner even if he is elected as president." Ergodan has dominated Turkish politics for more than a decade, despite a flare-up of anti-government riots and a corruption scandal. One Turkish resident wants the election to bring peace to the region. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) DIYARBAKIR RESIDENT, SALIH CORAK, SAYING: "I hope that the presidential elections will bring peace to our city and to our country. I hope that the newly elected president will stop the bloodshed. That is all I wish for." Opponents say it has been an unfair race, and that an Erdogan victory would put more power in the hands of a man who divided Turkey along secular-religious lines -- claims Erdogan denies. Erdogan also hopes his support for Kurdish rights will help him win over Kurdish support as voters cast their ballots. If no candidate wins more than 50 percent on Sunday, a runoff vote will be held on August 24.