Turkey elections: Opposition takes slim lead in Istanbul

Turkey elections: Opposition takes slim lead in Istanbul

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Ankara, Apr 1: Ekrem Imamoglu, Turkey's main opposition candidate for Istanbul mayor, took a slim lead over his rival from the ruling party in Sunday's local elections, head of the Supreme Election Council (YSK) said on Monday.

Imamoglu, from the Republican People's Party (CHP), is leading with a margin of nearly 28,000 votes with few ballot boxes left to be open, Sadi Guven told reporters in Ankara about the very tight race in the country's largest city and economic hub, reported Xinhua. "There is still three days for objections," he added, implying that a final result will take some time.

All eyes are on the Istanbul mayoral race where Imamoglu and his opponent, former prime minister Binali Yildirim from the ruling Justice and Development party (AKP), both claimed victory on Sunday night.

Alliance led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AKP lost not only the capital Ankara to the CHP, but also Turkey's third biggest city Izmir on the Aegean coast. Sunday's elections were largely seen as a test for Erdogan's popularity amid an economic downturn. (UNI)