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In pictures: Turkey elections

Supporters of the AK Party celebrate in Ankara

Turkey's Islamist-rooted AK Party, led by religious conservatives, has won a resounding victory in the general election, triggering wild celebrations by its supporters across the country.

AKP supporters celebrate in Istanbul

The country's major cities became a sea of orange, white and blue AKP flags, after supporters heard reports that the party had won nearly 50% of the vote.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right) and his wife Emine Erdogan greet supporters in Ankara

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan later greeted his jubilant supporters at the AKP's headquarters, pledging to pursue "economic and democratic reforms".

Voters queue to cast their ballots in Ankara

Turnout was more than 80%, as many people cut short their holidays to vote in what was described as a crucial poll for the country's future.

People watch the outcome of the polls in Istanbul

In Istanbul, large crowds then watched the outcome of the elections live on a giant screen.

Turkey's Chief-of-Staff General Yasar Buyukanit casts his vote in Ankara

As Turkey's army chief-of-staff voted, it remained unclear how the secular establishment, including the influential military, would react to the outcome.




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