Ekrem Imamoglu the Istanbul mayoral candidate for Turkish main opposition the Republican People’s Party (CHP) was declared the winner of the March 31 election after a recount.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) candidate Binali Yıldırım came a close second with 4 156 036 votes against 4 169 765 CHP candidate Imamoglu.
This means Turkey’s ruling party lost mayoral elections in the country’s three largest cities – Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir.
Imamoglu’s victory narrowed from 30 000 to 13 729 votes after a recount requested by the AK Parti which is now insisting on a rerun of Instanbul’s mayoral election.
Turkey main opposition candidate for Istanbul, Ekrem Imamoglu victory speech after being declared the winner