Blow to Turkey’s Erdogan as opposition wins big in Istanbul

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(Worthy News) – ’s main opposition claimed a decisive victory on Sunday in Istanbul’s re-run election, dealing one of the biggest blows to President Tayyip Erdogan during his 16 years in power and promising a new beginning in the country’s largest city.

Ekrem Imamoglu, mayoral candidate of the secularist Republican People’s Party, was leading with 54 percent of votes against 45 percent for Erdogan’s AK Party candidate, with more than 99% of ballots opened, Turkish broadcasters said.

The election was Istanbul’s second in three months after results of an initial March vote were scrapped, setting up the do-over as a test of Turks’ ability to check what many saw as their president’s increasingly authoritarian power. [ Source: NBC News (Read More…) ]

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