Istanbul election rerun set to be won by opposition, in blow to Erdogan

Candidate of main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) for Istanbul mayor Ekrem Imamoglu (R) gestures as he speaks during a rally ahead of the upcoming local elections, in Istanbul, on March 29, 2019. - Ekrem Imamoglu, 49, current mayor of Istanbul's Beylukduzu district on the outskirts of the city, worked in a family business and was a board member of a Turkish football team. He is candidate for the March 31 municipal election. (Photo by Yasin AKGUL / AFP) (Photo credit should read YASIN AKGUL/AFP/Getty Images)

According to unofficial results, the main Turkish opposition party is expected to win the Istanbul mayoral elections. The Republican People’s Party seems to have 53% of the vote while the ruling Justice and Development Party has just 45%. This will be a large blow to Turkish President┬áRecep Tayyip Erdogan who had ordered this new election, hoping for a different result.