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Istanbul erupts into celebration after landmark victory for opposition party

Istanbul erupts into celebration after landmark victory for opposition party

Tens of thousands of people celebrated on the streets of Istanbul as main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) candidate Ekrem Imamoglu claimed a decisive victory in the city’s re-run election. Imamoglu’s win dealt one of the biggest blows to President Tayyip Erdogan during his 16 years in power and promises a new beginning in the country’s largest city. The election was Istanbul’s second in three months after results of an initial March vote were scrapped, setting up the do-over as a test of Turks’ ability to check what many saw as their president’s increasingly authoritarian power. Ekrem Imamoglu, mayoral candidate of the secularist Republican People’s Party (CHP), was leading with 54% of votes versus 45% for Erdogan’s AK Party (AKP) candidate, with more than 99% of ballots opened

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Channel:Guardian News

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