Election chief: Opposition candidate leads Istanbul mayor race

Election chief: Opposition candidate leads Istanbul mayor race

The candidate of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) in Turkey’s largest city Istanbul is ahead in the vote count against the candidate of President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party (AKP), the head of the country’s High Election Board said on Monday.

Sadi Guven told reporters that the CHP’s Ekrem Imamoglu had 4,159,650 votes and the AKP’s Binali Yildirim had 4,131,761 votes. He did not specify which percentage of votes had been counted.

Imamoglu leads by nearly 28,000 votes after the weekend local election, Guven said.

Earlier, Erdogan appeared to concede defeat in Istanbul.

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