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Turkey: Thousands take to Istanbul streets to celebrate Imamoglu's victory

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W/S People celebrating in the streets of Istanbul after Republican People's Party (CHP) mayoral candidate Ekrem Imamoglu's victory
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M/S People with Turkish flags jumping up and down in celebration
M/S Car driving past with occupants waving flag bearing face of the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
M/S Cars driving past packed streets with occupants hanging out of windows with Ataturk flags
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M/S People waving Turkish flags in the road as cars full of celebrants drive past
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M/S Women waving Ataturk flags walk down road
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Thousands of supporters of the newly elected mayor of Istanbul, Ekrem Imamoglu, celebrated his victory on Sunday night at his campaign's headquarters in Istanbul, as the opposition candidate not only won the election re-run but substantially increased his majority since the first vote.
Imamoglu, from Turkey's main opposition party, the Republican People's Party (CHP), had won by a slim margin in the original vote on March 31, but was stripped of his victory by Turkey's Supreme Electoral Council on May 6, due to allegations of irregularities and electoral law infractions made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).
The opposition candidate won nearly 54 percent of the vote on Sunday, despite having won the first election by less than one per cent with just under 49 percent of the vote.
His victory in the country's most populous city could signal a shift in Turkey as the AKP has dominated Istanbul and national politics for over two decades, with Erdogan himself serving as mayor of Istanbul in the late 1990s.