Turkish President Erdogan’s Party Loses Istanbul Mayoral Elections

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suffered a bruising defeat on Sunday as the opposition candidate in Istanbul’s controversial mayoral election re-run romped to victory.


Ekrem Imamoglu had won the first mayoral vote in March by a slim margin of 13,000 votes over Erdogan’s chosen candidate, Binali Yildirim, who contested the results and a new election was ordered.


After being stripped of that victory over disputed claims of fraud, Imamoglu vowed a “battle for democracy” that turned him into a household name.


With some 99 percent of ballots counted by Sunday night, Imamoglu was winning by more than 775,000 votes — 54 percent, with Yildirim on 45 percent, the Anadolu state news agency reported.

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