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İstanbul Votes Again in Key Ballot

ISTANBUL - Residents of Turkey's largest city, Istanbul, voted again after the opposition's historic victory ending 25 years of dominance by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was annulled.

In a sign of the importance of Sunday's election, voting was brisk from the moment the Kadikoy district ballot station opened, in a city where people traditionally vote late.  Early heavy voting  was reported across the city.

"The election is very important for Turkey, this will change the face of Turkey," said retiree Cengiz Demir, one of the first to vote in Kadikoy district. "We have to return to democratic settings. Maybe more than a majority have had enough of one man rule," he added.

One man rule is a reference to President Erdogan who many of his opponents accuse of undermining democracy and turning Turkey into an authoritarian state.

Istanbul is repeating the vote because election authorities controversially annulled opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu's historic victory on a technicality after President Erdogan disputed the defeat of his candidate, Binali Yildirim, in the March poll.


Aliqismet BADALOV,
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25 2019 17:01 -

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