June 23, 2019 / 6:46 PM / a month ago

Turkey's Erdogan congratulates opposition candidate for Istanbul win

Ekrem Imamoglu, mayoral candidate of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), talks to the media at the CHP election coordination centre in Istanbul, Turkey, June 23, 2019. REUTERS/Huseyin Aldemir

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan congratulated opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu on Sunday for winning Istanbul’s re-run mayoral election according to unofficial results.

The High Electoral Board is yet to announce the formal results but Imamoglu is set for a comfortable victory over his rival Binali Yildirim, from the ruling AKP, with 54 percent of votes after more than 99 percent of the ballot boxes opened.

Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Dominic Evans

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