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

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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.

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