Erdogan's candidate concedes defeat in Istanbul vote

Opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu leading with 53.69%.
Sunday 23/06/2019
Binali Yildirim, mayoral candidate of the ruling AK Party, leaves after talking to media at his party's Istanbul headquarters in Istanbul, Turkey, June 23, 2019. (Reuters)
Binali Yildirim, mayoral candidate of the ruling AK Party, leaves after talking to media at his party's Istanbul headquarters in Istanbul, Turkey, June 23, 2019. (Reuters)

Binali Yildirim, the ruling party candidate in the controversial re-run of Istanbul's mayoral election, conceded defeat on Sunday.

Initial results from the state-run Anadolu news agency showed opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu leading with 53.69% to Yildirim's 45.4% with more than 95% of ballots counted.

"According to the result as of now my competitor Ekrem Imamoglu is leading the race. I congratulate him and wish him good luck," Yildirim said.

(AFP)