June 23, 2019 / 6:39 PM / 3 months ago

Istanbul opposition candidate promises 'new beginning' for city

Ekrem Imamoglu, mayoral candidate of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), talks to the media at the CHP election coordination centre in Istanbul, Turkey, June 23, 2019. REUTERS/Huseyin Aldemir

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Istanbul opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu promised “a new beginning” for Turkey’s largest city and expressed his willingness to work with President Tayyip Erdogan after initial results showed he was set for a comfortable win.

Imamoglu, candidate for the Republican People’s Party (CHP), had won 54% of votes with almost all of the ballot boxes opened, according to broadcasters, putting him well ahead of the candidate of Erdogan’s AK Party Binali Yildirim.

Reporting by Ezgi Erkoyun and Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Dominic Evans

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