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Turkey: Crowds flock as Istanbul mayoral candidate Imamoglu casts vote01:57

Turkey: Crowds flock as Istanbul mayoral candidate Imamoglu casts vote

Turkey, Istanbul
June 23, 2019 at 11:58 GMT +00:00 · Published

The candidate from the Kemalist, social-democratic CHP party Ekrem Imamoglu cast his vote in the re-run of the Istanbul mayoral elections on Sunday.

He had previously won the mayoral election in Istanbul against the AKP candidate, and former prime minister Binali Yildirim.

Imamoglu's victory was annulled on May 6 by Turkey's Supreme Electoral Council due to alleged irregularities and electoral law infractions.

The overturning of the last election's results was heavily disputed, with opposition parties claiming the Supreme Electoral Council's decision was politically motivated and not legally justified.

"This is not only the election for the Istanbul Municipality but it also it is a day to repair this unfair term nationally," Imamoglu said after casting his ballot.

The results of this year's local elections on March 31 saw a rise in support for opposition parties against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AKP, the Justice and Development party, who lost major cities such as Ankara and Istanbul.

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The candidate from the Kemalist, social-democratic CHP party Ekrem Imamoglu cast his vote in the re-run of the Istanbul mayoral elections on Sunday.

He had previously won the mayoral election in Istanbul against the AKP candidate, and former prime minister Binali Yildirim.

Imamoglu's victory was annulled on May 6 by Turkey's Supreme Electoral Council due to alleged irregularities and electoral law infractions.

The overturning of the last election's results was heavily disputed, with opposition parties claiming the Supreme Electoral Council's decision was politically motivated and not legally justified.

"This is not only the election for the Istanbul Municipality but it also it is a day to repair this unfair term nationally," Imamoglu said after casting his ballot.

The results of this year's local elections on March 31 saw a rise in support for opposition parties against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AKP, the Justice and Development party, who lost major cities such as Ankara and Istanbul.

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