The Latest: Istanbul's mayor-elect cheers second victory

AP

Print Article

  • A supporter of Ekrem Imamoglu candidate of the secular opposition Republican People's Party gathers outside CHP offices in Istanbul, Sunday, June 23, 2019. Polls have closed in Istanbul after voters cast ballots in a re-run mayoral election after a March 31 vote was voided for procedural irregularities. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

  • 1

    Ekrem Imamoglu, candidate of the secular opposition Republican People's Party, or CHP thanks his supporters outside a polling station in Istanbul, Sunday, June 23, 2019. Voters in Istanbul returned to the polls Sunday for a re-run mayoral election ordered up by authorities after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his political allies lost control of Turkey's largest city for the first time in 25 years. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

  • 2

    Binali Yildirim mayoral candidate for Istanbul prepares to make statements at Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party, AKP, offices in Istanbul, Sunday, June 23, 2019. Polls have closed in Istanbul after voters cast ballots in a re-run mayoral election after a March 31 vote was voided for procedural irregularities. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

  • 3

    Supporters of Ekrem Imamoglu candidate of the secular opposition Republican People's Party celebrate at CHP offices in Istanbul, Sunday, June 23, 2019. Turkish government's candidate for Istanbul mayor concedes defeat after first results from rerun election are reported. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • 4

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shakes hands with his supporters outside a polling station in Istanbul, Sunday, June 23, 2019. Voters in Istanbul returned to the polls Sunday for a re-run mayoral election ordered up by authorities after Erdogan and his political allies lost control of Turkey's largest city for the first time in 25 years. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

  • 5

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan casts his ballot at a polling station in Istanbul, Sunday, June 23, 2019. Polls have opened in a repeat election in Turkey's largest city where Erdogan and his political allies could lose control of Istanbul's administration for the first time in 25 years. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

  • 6

    An electoral official holds a ballot at a polling station in Istanbul, Sunday, June 23, 2019. Polls have opened in a repeat election in Turkey's largest city where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his political allies could lose control of Istanbul's administration for the first time in 25 years. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

  • 7

    In this Tuesday, June 4, 2019 photo, posters of Binali Yildirim, left, mayoral candidate for Istanbul from Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party, AKP, and Ekrem Imamoglu, right, Istanbul's mayoral candidate of the secular opposition Republican People's Party, or CHP, are photographed ahead of the June 23 re-run of Istanbul elections, in Istanbul. Voters in Istanbul return to the polls on Sunday for a rerun of the election for the mayor of the city. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

  • 8

    Binali Yildirim, mayoral candidate for Istanbul from Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party, AKP, salutes supporters during his last election rally, in Istanbul, Saturday, June 22, 2019, ahead of June 23 re-run of Istanbul mayoral elections. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

  • 9

    Backdropped by a poster of Turkey's President Recep Tayip Erdogan, a police officer provides security for the last election rally of Binali Yildirim, mayoral candidate for Istanbul from Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party, AKP, in Istanbul, Saturday, June 22, 2019, ahead of June 23 re-run of Istanbul mayoral elections. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

  • 10

    Ekrem Imamoglu, candidate of the secular opposition Republican People's Party, or CHP waves to their supporters outside a polling station in Istanbul, Sunday, June 23, 2019. Voters in Istanbul returned to the polls Sunday for a re-run mayoral election ordered up by authorities after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his political allies lost control of Turkey's largest city for the first time in 25 years. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • 11

    Ekrem Imamoglu, candidate of the secular opposition Republican People's Party, or CHP waves to the media at a polling station in Istanbul, Sunday, June 23, 2019. Voters in Istanbul returned to the polls Sunday for a re-run mayoral election ordered up by authorities after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his political allies lost control of Turkey's largest city for the first time in 25 years. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • 12

    Binali Yildirim mayoral candidate for Istanbul arrives at Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party, AKP, offices in Istanbul, Sunday, June 23, 2019. Polls have closed in Istanbul after voters cast ballots in a re-run mayoral election after a March 31 vote was voided for procedural irregularities. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

  • 13

    Supporters of Ekrem Imamoglu candidate of the secular opposition Republican People's Party gather outside CHP offices in Istanbul, Sunday, June 23, 2019. Polls have closed in Istanbul after voters cast ballots in a re-run mayoral election after a March 31 vote was voided for procedural irregularities. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

  • A supporter of Ekrem Imamoglu candidate of the secular opposition Republican People's Party gathers outside CHP offices in Istanbul, Sunday, June 23, 2019. Polls have closed in Istanbul after voters cast ballots in a re-run mayoral election after a March 31 vote was voided for procedural irregularities. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

  • 1

    Ekrem Imamoglu, candidate of the secular opposition Republican People's Party, or CHP thanks his supporters outside a polling station in Istanbul, Sunday, June 23, 2019. Voters in Istanbul returned to the polls Sunday for a re-run mayoral election ordered up by authorities after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his political allies lost control of Turkey's largest city for the first time in 25 years. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

  • 2

    Binali Yildirim mayoral candidate for Istanbul prepares to make statements at Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party, AKP, offices in Istanbul, Sunday, June 23, 2019. Polls have closed in Istanbul after voters cast ballots in a re-run mayoral election after a March 31 vote was voided for procedural irregularities. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

  • 3

    Supporters of Ekrem Imamoglu candidate of the secular opposition Republican People's Party celebrate at CHP offices in Istanbul, Sunday, June 23, 2019. Turkish government's candidate for Istanbul mayor concedes defeat after first results from rerun election are reported. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • 4

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shakes hands with his supporters outside a polling station in Istanbul, Sunday, June 23, 2019. Voters in Istanbul returned to the polls Sunday for a re-run mayoral election ordered up by authorities after Erdogan and his political allies lost control of Turkey's largest city for the first time in 25 years. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

  • 5

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan casts his ballot at a polling station in Istanbul, Sunday, June 23, 2019. Polls have opened in a repeat election in Turkey's largest city where Erdogan and his political allies could lose control of Istanbul's administration for the first time in 25 years. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

  • 6

    An electoral official holds a ballot at a polling station in Istanbul, Sunday, June 23, 2019. Polls have opened in a repeat election in Turkey's largest city where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his political allies could lose control of Istanbul's administration for the first time in 25 years. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

  • 7

    In this Tuesday, June 4, 2019 photo, posters of Binali Yildirim, left, mayoral candidate for Istanbul from Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party, AKP, and Ekrem Imamoglu, right, Istanbul's mayoral candidate of the secular opposition Republican People's Party, or CHP, are photographed ahead of the June 23 re-run of Istanbul elections, in Istanbul. Voters in Istanbul return to the polls on Sunday for a rerun of the election for the mayor of the city. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

  • 8

    Binali Yildirim, mayoral candidate for Istanbul from Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party, AKP, salutes supporters during his last election rally, in Istanbul, Saturday, June 22, 2019, ahead of June 23 re-run of Istanbul mayoral elections. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

  • 9

    Backdropped by a poster of Turkey's President Recep Tayip Erdogan, a police officer provides security for the last election rally of Binali Yildirim, mayoral candidate for Istanbul from Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party, AKP, in Istanbul, Saturday, June 22, 2019, ahead of June 23 re-run of Istanbul mayoral elections. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

  • 10

    Ekrem Imamoglu, candidate of the secular opposition Republican People's Party, or CHP waves to their supporters outside a polling station in Istanbul, Sunday, June 23, 2019. Voters in Istanbul returned to the polls Sunday for a re-run mayoral election ordered up by authorities after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his political allies lost control of Turkey's largest city for the first time in 25 years. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • 11

    Ekrem Imamoglu, candidate of the secular opposition Republican People's Party, or CHP waves to the media at a polling station in Istanbul, Sunday, June 23, 2019. Voters in Istanbul returned to the polls Sunday for a re-run mayoral election ordered up by authorities after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his political allies lost control of Turkey's largest city for the first time in 25 years. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • 12

    Binali Yildirim mayoral candidate for Istanbul arrives at Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party, AKP, offices in Istanbul, Sunday, June 23, 2019. Polls have closed in Istanbul after voters cast ballots in a re-run mayoral election after a March 31 vote was voided for procedural irregularities. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

  • 13

    Supporters of Ekrem Imamoglu candidate of the secular opposition Republican People's Party gather outside CHP offices in Istanbul, Sunday, June 23, 2019. Polls have closed in Istanbul after voters cast ballots in a re-run mayoral election after a March 31 vote was voided for procedural irregularities. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

ISTANBUL (AP) The Latest on Turkey's repeated mayoral election in Istanbul (all times local):

7:45 p.m.

The opposition candidate for mayor of Istanbul has declared victory in a high-stakes repeat election after his rival backed by Turkey's president conceded defeat.

Ekrem Imamoglu's victory means Turkey's largest city won't be governed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party or its predecessor for the first time in 25 years.

Unofficial returns after most votes from Sunday's repeat election were counted showed Imamoglu had a clear majority. His government-backed opponent, former Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, conceded moments after early returns showed him trailing with 44% of the vote to his opponent's 54%.

Speaking to jubilant supporters on Sunday night, Imamoglu said: "Thank you, Istanbul!"

Imamoglu had narrowly won a previous mayoral election on March 31, but Turkey's electoral board annulled the results after weeks of partial recounts.

___

7:25 p.m.

A former Turkish prime minister backed by Turkey's ruling party has conceded defeat and congratulated his opponent in Istanbul's repeated mayoral election.

Binali Yildirim said Sunday night that opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu was ahead as the first returns were announced.

Yildirim said: "I congratulate him and wish him success."

With nearly all votes counted, Imamoglu had a lead of more than 715,000 votes.

Imamoglu narrowly won office as mayor of Turkey's largest city on March 31 and served for 18 days. Turkey's electoral board annulled the results after weeks of partial recounts.

___

5:25 p.m.

Turkey's election board has ruled as the vote count begins in the repeated election for Istanbul's mayor to count as valid ballots with inconsistent stamps.

Two political parties, the ruling Justice and Development Party and the opposition Republican People's Party, requested a decision on the stamps earlier Sunday.

The parties said some ballot envelopes arrived at polling stations bearing official stamps from a previous election, lacking stamps or carrying more stamps than needed.

In previous elections, the electoral board's decision to count unstamped ballots as valid fueled fears of possible fraud. Sunday's decision was sought by the rival parties.

An opposition candidate won the Istanbul mayor's race when Turkey held local elections on March 31. The governing party challenged the vote and the election board voided the results after weeks of partial recounts.

___

5:05 p.m.

Polls have closed in Istanbul after voters cast ballots in a re-run mayoral election after a March 31 vote was voided for procedural irregularities.

Opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu sought to repeat his win from 12 weeks earlier to become the city's first mayor in 25 years who is not from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party or its Islamist-rooted predecessor.

The other candidate in Sunday's election is former Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, who received support from Erdogan at campaign rallies.

The Turkish leader was mayor of Istanbul, the country's largest city, during the 1990s.

The election board's decision to cancel the March election after the governing party challenged it polarized Turks, who attended campaign rallies in large numbers.

___

1:35 p.m.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has voted in a closely watched repeat election for the next mayor of Istanbul, a contest that could have a political impact on his national government.

Erdogan cast his ballot at a suburban school, then was greeted by hundreds of supporters. He says "I believe the thinking voter will make the best decision for Istanbul."

The vote Sunday is being re-run after opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu won the Istanbul mayoral race in March. The result was canceled by Turkey's main election board, citing procedural irregularities, after the ruling party protested.

The two main candidates on the Istanbul ballot, Imamoglu and government-backed Binali Yildirim, also voted.

___

7 a.m.

Polls have opened in a repeat election in Turkey's largest city where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his political allies could lose control of Istanbul's administration for the first time in 25 years.

Opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu narrowly inflicted a shock defeat on a pro-government candidate in March 31 local government elections and briefly served as mayor for nearly three weeks. But the election was canceled following government complaints of procedural irregularities and a spat between the two sides over recounts.

In a hard-fought campaign, Imamoglu focused on urban poverty after the country slid into recession at the end of 2018.

Polls close at 5:00 p.m. (1400 GMT) with preliminary results expected later Sunday.

            

Print Article

Read More National & World News

3 dead, 4 missing in float plane crash in Canada

AP

July 16, 2019 at 4:16 pm | ST JOHN'S, Newfoundland (AP) Four occupants of a downed float plane remained missing Tuesday after the aircraft crashed into a lake in the Eastern Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, ki...

Comments

Read More

Phony Ferraris, 'Shamborghinis' seized at Brazil factory

AP

July 16, 2019 at 4:12 pm | RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Brazilian police say they've shut down a clandestine factory that was producing fake Ferraris and sham Lamborghinis. A father and son who owned the workshop in the southern ...

Comments

Read More

Donors suspend funds for Poland's Jewish museum

AP

July 16, 2019 at 3:59 pm | WARSAW, Poland (AP) A Jewish association says some private donors to Poland's renowned Jewish history museum have suspended funding out of concerns about the government's failure to renew the term ...

Comments

Read More

Ukraine language law debate spills into UN Security Council

AP

July 16, 2019 at 2:55 pm | UNITED NATIONS (AP) A clash over a new Ukrainian language law played out Tuesday in the U.N. Security Council, where Ukrainian and Russian representatives sparred over whether the legislation promo...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(608) 365-8811
149 State Street
Beloit, WI 53511

©2019 Beloit Daily News Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X