Erdoğan congratulates opposition candidate for Istanbul win

Turkish has congratulated the opposition candidate who won a repeat in Istanbul. Erdoğan tweeted on Sunday night: "I Ekrem Imamoğlu, who has won according to unofficial results."

Turkish congratulated opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoğlu on Sunday for winning Istanbul's according to unofficial results.

"I Ekrem Imamoğlu, who has won the election based on preliminary results," Erdoğan said on Twitter.

The High Electoral Board is yet to announce the formal results but Imamoğlu is set for a comfortable victory over his rival Binali Yıldırım, from the ruling , with 54 percent of votes after more than 99 percent of the ballot boxes opened.

According to unofficial results, with 99.37% of ballot boxes opened, CHP's Imamoğlu got 54.03% of the votes, while AK Party's Yıldırım received 45.04% as of 8.00 p.m. local time (1700GMT).

Imamoğlu and Binali Yıldırım of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party vied to run the metropolitan municipality of 's most populous city after a previous vote on March 31 was annulled by the country's top election council last month.

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