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Erdogan Dealt Stunning Blow as Istanbul Elects Rival Candidate

  • Imamoglu took 54% of vote, AK Party’s Yildirim won 45%
  • Opposition gets more votes than Erdogan ever did in Istanbul
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The result is a stinging indictment of Erdogan’s economic policies. Bloomberg’s Simin Demokan reports.(Source: Bloomberg)
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Turkish opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu won the redo of the Istanbul mayor’s race by a landslide on Sunday, in a stinging indictment of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s economic policies and his refusal to accept an earlier defeat.

Imamoglu, backed by opposition parties including CHP, won 54% of the vote, and the ruling AK Party’s candidate, former Prime Minister Binali Yildirim captured 45%, according to state media. Political upstart Imamoglu broadened his margin of victory to nearly 800,000 votes from 14,000 in the March 31 balloting, a clear sign voters are concerned about the crumbling of Turkey’s democratic foundations and an economy reeling from a spike in consumer prices and unemployment.