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Opposition wins in Istanbul mayoral election

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The long hold of president Erdogan has been broken by the opposition candidate in Istanbul, Ekrem Imamoglu that won the mayoral election in the capital city.

He commented: ‘Thank you Istanbul’.

Erdogan congratulated Imamoglu in a tweet, however the president can limit the mayor’s authority in other ways.

Imamoglu barely won the earlier elections in March and Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party AKP said that there were irregularities that lead to a partial recount.

This brought concerns on Turkish democracy and if Erdogan would accept the electoral loss as he’s been governin since 2002.

“You have protected the reputation of democracy in Turkey with the whole world watching,” said Imamoglu to his supporters.

Hints said that his win ‘can’t be understated’ and “We now have to wait and see whether Imamoglu’s tenure as mayor will be interfered with in any way, whether by cutting off funding and hampering his office’s ability to provide services or by removing him under some legal pretext,” .

AKP lost control even on Ankara for the local elections and Erdogan already signaled that he will not work with an opposition mayor as his party controls 25 out of 39 Instambul districts, but Imamoglu stated that ‘I’m willing to work wth you’.

Ozgur Unluhisarcikli, Ankara office director of the German Marshall Fund said that “It’s now clear that a sizable portion of the AKP voters is seriously dissatisfied by policies of the AKP. The (opposition) was a house that was united. The AKP house looked like one that was already divided.”

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