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Opposition deals blow to Erdogan in Istanbul win
    2019-06-25  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

TURKEY’S opposition revelled yesterday in a landslide win in Istanbul’s re-run mayoral vote — a blow for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that even some pro-government media called “a victory for democracy.”

Ekrem Imamoglu, a little-known district mayor at the start of the year, won the election by more than 777,000 votes, up from just 13,000 in the first election in March, which was annulled over controversial claims of fraud.

It was a rare chance to celebrate for the opposition after 25 years of rule by Islamic conservatives in Istanbul.

And it was a rare blow to Erdogan, who has held national power since 2003.

Imamoglu took 54 percent of the vote against the ruling party’s candidate Binali Yildirim, a former prime minister.

At a huge rally in his stronghold in western Istanbul late Sunday, Imamoglu said: “It was not a single group or party, but the whole of Istanbul and Turkey that won this election.”

Erdogan conceded defeat on Twitter, saying simply: “I congratulate Ekrem Imamoglu who has won the election based on preliminary results.”

(SD-Agencies)

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