Imamoglu wins in Istanbul, electoral commission confirms

By 800,000-vote margin, 54.21%, turnout 84.5%

24 June, 13:19

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, JUNE 24 - Sadi Guven, president of Turkey's Supreme Electoral Council (YSK), confirmed the victory of Ekrem Imamoglu in a repeat vote on Sunday to elect the mayor of Istanbul.

    The opposition Social Democratic Party (CHP) candidate took 54.21% of the vote (4,471,868 votes) against the candidate of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AKP party, Binali Yildirim, who received 44.99% of the vote (3,935,453 votes).

    Imamoglu won by more than 800,000 votes, far exceeding the 13,729-vote margin he won in the previous March 31 election, the results of which were later annulled.

    Voter turnout was slightly higher than the previous vote, at 84.5% (8,925,063 of the 10,560,963 eligible voters).

    A total of 178,599 ballots were annulled, slightly less than the previous election.(ANSAmed).

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