Opposition candidate İmamoğlu thanks teammates, voters in victory speech after preliminary results show lead

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Hurriyet – daily news

Ekrem İmamoğlu, the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) mayoral candidate for Istanbul, emerged as the victor of the June 23 local election rerun after unofficial results were released, thanking his teammates and all Istanbul residents.

“You have protected our tradition of democracy, dating back a hundred years. Thank you, fellow Istanbul residents,” İmamoğlu said in a press conference on June 23.

İmamoğlu also thanked his family as well as the leaders, deputies and members of the CHP and its ally İYİ (Good) Party.

“I would like to express my appreciation to our friends, the heroes of today, who are tasked in provincial and district electoral boards. They are this day’s heroes of democracy,” he said.

İmamoğlu also urged polling clerks to not leave the ballot boxes unprotected and wait for the official results to be announced.

“I ask for you not to leave the ballot boxes until the official reports are finalized. So that this historic responsibility proceeds,” he said. İmamoğlu stressed that a new beginning starts for Istanbul with the June 23 elections, vowing “extravagance, arrogance, wasteful spending and marginalizing” will end.

“Turkey won this election, not a single party. You will see it with time. I will not marginalize anyone. For me, a duty order awaits. This is the most precious, honorable and proud duty in my whole life,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, Binalı Yıldırım, the candidate for Justice and Development Party (AKP), congratulated his rival as preliminary results showed the latter’s massive lead in the do-over election.

“My rival İmamoğlu is currently leading,” Yıldırım said after the preliminary unofficial result was issued by the Supreme Election Council (YSK).

“We will try to support him in every work he will do on behalf of Istanbul’s residents,” he added.

According to the first preliminary result, İmamoğlu is leading with 53.86 percent, followed by Yıldırım with 45.23 percent of votes.

 

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