Opposition Wins Istanbul's Re-Run Election

Tens of thousands of people celebrated as main opposition Republican People's Party candidate "Ekrem Imamoglu" claimed a decisive victory in Istanbul's re-run election.

Imamoglu's win dealt one of the biggest blows to President Tayyip Erdogan during his 16 years in power and promises a new beginning in the country's largest city.

The election was Istanbul's second in three months after results of an initial march vote were scrapped setting up the do-over as a test of Turks' ability to check what many saw as their president's increasingly authoritarian power.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan congratulated opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu for winning Istanbul's re-run mayoral election according to unofficial results.

Ekrem Imamoglu, mayoral candidate of the secularist Republican People's Party was leading with 54% of votes versus 45% for Erdogan's AK Party candidate, with more than 99% of ballots opened.