The ruling AKP's mayoral candidate for Istanbul, Binali Yıldırım, admitted election defeat, in a recent statement he made.
Yıldırım stated that CHP candidate Ekrem Imamoğlu was leading the election. He congratulated İmamoğlu.
The official results are not published yet. The first unofficial results coming to the news agencies showed a big difference between the two major rivals in Istanbul rerun.
According to the results, CHP's İmamoglu wins 53.72% of the votes, while AKP's Yıldırım wins 45.37%. The turnout rate is 84.42 percent, out of 10.570.222 voters.
In March 31 elections, İmamoğlu won %48.77, while Yıldırım won %48.61.
IMAMOĞLU TO ERDOĞAN: "I AM READY TO WORK WITH YOU"
The CHP candidate made his first statement after the unofficial results were released. İmamoğlu called on President Erdoğan, saying he is ready to work in harmony with Erdoğan. "After taking my official mandate and starting to work, I request to visit you and prepare our road map," he said.
"Not a party or a section of the population won the election; the whole of Istanbul and the country won. Everyone will feel this soon," İmamoğlu added.
State-run Anadolu Agency (AA) started to enter the results of today's elections after the AKP candidate admitted defeat. When the opposition candidate Ekrem İmamoğlu took the lead on March 31 elections, AA stopped the data entry.