Turkish Election Re-Run: Erdogan’s Ruling Party Set to Lose Control of Istanbul

The candidate of the ruling party, Binali Yildirim, finished the race with about 45% of the vote.

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According to the state-run press agency Anadolu, the Turkish opposition’s mayoral candidate, Ekrem Imamoglu, won again in a new election in Istanbul on Sunday, winning over 54 percent of the vote.

Turkey’s Supreme Electoral Board (YSK) revoked early May’s results of the March 31 vote in Istanbul. Imamoglu won the March election with some 15,000 votes in a very tight race.Turkey’s Supreme Electoral Board (YSK) revoked early May’s results of the March 31 vote in Istanbul.

The support for Imamoglu increased to 4.7 million votes, while the support of Yıldırım dropped to 3.9 million, according to the unofficial results. The turnout of voters remained roughly the same at 84%.

Imamoglu votes in Istanbul
Imamoglu votes in Istanbul

Yıldırım held a press conference conceding defeat while the ballot count was still in progress. He congratulated his adversary in ruling Turkey’s biggest city and wished him luck.

“The age of waste, arrogance, discrimination and prejudice has ended in İstanbul, and the age of love and fraternity has begun,” İmamoğlu told reporters after his victory.

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