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Does Imamoglu’s victory in Istanbul mean the end of Erdogan?

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It’s been 25 years since Recep Tayyip Erdogan won the Istanbul mayoral election. “Whoever wins Istanbul wins Turkey,” is a phrase he coined in the meantime – and consequently proved to be true as shown from his own ascent to the presidency. So there was a considerable amount at stake for the whole of Turkey during Sunday’s re-run of March’s annulled mayoral elections.

Erdogan’s candidate Binali Yildirim lost to opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu by nearly 800,000 votes – a humiliating margin of 10 points; and was significant because at the 31 March local election won by Imamoglu, the margin between the two candidates was just over 13,000 votes.

Only three months ago Imamoglu was a complete no name in Turkey. He was the mayor of a small Istanbul district before being picked up as the candidate of the Nation Alliance, comprised of the centre-left CHP (Republican People’s Party) and conservative nationalist Iyi Parti.

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His rival Yildirim, as the candidate of the People’s Alliance formed by Erdogan’s governing AKP (Justice and Development........

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