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Turkey: AKP’s Binali Yildirim concedes re-run Istanbul mayoral election

11 063 23.06.2019 Инфо

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SOT, Binali Yildirim, Istanbul mayoral candidate from AKP (Turkish): "As of now, my opponent Ekrem Imamoglu is winning the elections. I congratulate him and wish him success. During this election campaign, I'd like to thank all my work friends and organisations who, and the beautiful Istanbul people who listened to us, who gave us the opportunity to present our projects. On this occasion, I also thank my family who made a lot of sacrifices. Dear friends, just like I said while I was casting my vote this morning, elections mean democracy. With these elections, we showed once again that democracy is at work in the best way possible, flawlessly in Turkey. The obtained results will be announced with certainty later. And I hope to God that these results will bring good things to Istanbul and Istanbul's future. I hope for our friend Ekrem Imamoglu to serve Istanbul in a good way. We will try to help him in the work he will do, in any work that will benefit Istanbul residents, I want that to be known. Once again, I hope the decision made by Istanbul residents for the next five years, for our women and children, and to all 15 million living in Istanbul will bring luck. Thank you."
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Istanbul mayoral candidate for the AKP, Binali Yildirim, conceded defeat in the re-run election on Sunday. He made the announcement in an address to supporters in Istanbul, acknowledging that his rival Ekrem Imamoglu looks set to win the vote.
"I hope for our friend Ekrem Imamoglu to serve Istanbul in a good way. We will try to help him in the work he will do, in any work that will benefit Istanbul residents," said Yildirim.
"I hope the decision made by Istanbul residents for the next five years, for our women and children, and to all 15 million living in Istanbul will bring luck," he stated.
With nearly 95 percent of the ballots counted Imamoglu of the opposition CHP had secured 53.60 percent of the vote, according to reports. Yildirim meanwhile had won just over 45 percent support.