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Istanbul mayoral win: Turkey’s opposition strikes blow to Erdogan

Istanbul mayoral win: Turkey’s opposition strikes blow to Erdogan

President Tayyip Erdogan has received a stinging blow as the Turkey’s opposition has won control of Istanbul in a re-run mayoral election, breaking his aura of invincibility and delivering a message from voters unhappy over his policies. Ekrem Imamoglu of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) had secured more than 54% of votes, with nearly all ballots opened, Turkish broadcasters said – a far wider victory margin than his narrow win three months ago. The previous result was annulled after protests from Erdogan’s Islamist-rooted AK Party, which said there had been widespread voting irregularities. The decision to re-run the vote was criticised by Western allies and caused uproar among domestic opponents who said Turkey’s democracy was under threat.

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