Erdogan’s party tastes defeat after 25 years in Istanbul mayoral election

The Istanbul mayoral re-run election for Turkey’s ruling AK Party turned into a nightmare. The main opposition party candidate Ekrem Imamoglu won by a huge margin. With this, the 25-year-rule ended. Former Prime Minister Binali Yildrim conceded.

Erdogan's party tastes defeat after 25 years in Istanbul mayoral election

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan congratulated Ekrem Imamoglu of the Republic People’s Party (CHP) for his win. As per preliminary results he had a lead of 775,000 votes.

Erdogan earlier had said, “Whoever wins Istanbul, wins Turkey.”

Erdogan was earlier prime minister and has been ruling the country since 2013. He is considered as the most powerful leader lately.

Imamoglu said in his victory address its a new beginning for Istanbul as well as for Turkey and his supporters have fixed democracy.

He added, “We are opening up a new page in Istanbul… On this new page, there will be justice, equality, love.”

The 49-year-old added he is willing to work in harmony with Erdogan, whose calculation failed for calling election re-run.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan congratulated Ekrem Imamoglu of the Republic People’s Party (CHP) for his win. As per preliminary results he had a lead of 775,000 votes.

Grand win of Imamoglu is his profoundly positive message to the voters ahead of the election and showed that CHP has worked to counter the president.

The March election resulted with a victory of Imamoglu by 13,000 votes and this was not accepted by Yildirim. The ruling party opted for re-run thereafter.

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