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Mayor of Istanbul back in office: The ruling AKP of Turkey will hit Erdogan hard



  Binali Yildirim and Ekrem Imamoglu

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Binali Yildirim (L) is a Erdogan loyalist while Mr Imamoglu is from the opposition party

Turkey's governing party is likely to lose control of Istanbul following a repeat of mayoral elections, as initial results show. counted the votes.

He won a surprise victory in March, which was canceled after the ruling AK party objected to irregularities.

The vote is considered a key check for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Mr Imamoglu received 53.6% of the votes cast, according to state news agency Anadolu.

Who are the candidates?

Mr. Imamoglu, 49, is a member of the secular Republican People's Party and is the mayor of Istanbul Beylikduzu.

His name was barely known, however, before he ran for mayor in the March Elections.

His opponent, Binali Yildirim, was founding member of AKP of Mr. Erdogan and Prime Minister from 201

6 to 2018, when Turkey became a presidential democracy and the role ceased to exist.

He was elected Speaker of the new Parliament in February and was previously Minister of Transport and Communications.


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