Turkey’s ruling party loses Istanbul mayoral vote

Opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu won an election for Istanbul mayor for the second time Sunday in a do-over vote.

Imamoglu’s victory dealt a blow to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who led an effort to elect ruling party candidate Binali Yildirim and avoid losing leadership in Turkey’s largest city, a key commercial hub.

Yildirim conceded defeat. “I wish him success,” Yildirim said. “Elections mean democracy and this election has once again demonstrated that democracy in Turkey is working perfectly.”

The state election board annulled the first vote, which was held in March, after Imamoglu won by a narrow margin.

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