Turkey’s Ruling AK Party Loses Istanbul Mayoral Race in Election Do-Over

HeadlineJun 24, 2019

In Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party lost a re-election after residents of Istanbul went to the polls for a second time and again voted in opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu of the Republican People’s Party as the new mayor. The election do-over was called after the AKP first lost the crucial vote in March and alleged voting irregularities. The results bring to an end the 25-year rule by the AK Party in Erdogan’s home city of Istanbul. This is Ekrem Imamoglu.

Ekrem Imamoglu: “This is a new beginning. I would like to say from here that as of tomorrow I will treat 16 million people equally as mayor.”

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