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Turkey's main opposition claims a decisive victory in Istanbul's re-run election, dealing one of the biggest blows to President Tayyip Erdogan's 16-year run.
The loss of Istanbul, the country's economic hub and largest city, had been a shocking defeat for the Justice and Development Party (AKP).
A senior AKP official said on Tuesday it would demand a new vote in Istanbul after its bid was rejected for a citywide recount of the March 31 election results.
Pleas for an electoral recount by Turkish premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan was rejected by the Supreme Electoral Council. Claims of electoral irregularities had surfaced.
Opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu said the recount was completed in 9-10 districts on Thursday.
While Erdogan's party won more than 50% votes, a defeat in Turkey's capital and economic hub is a blow to AKP.
Losing the country's two major cities would be a stunning defeat for Erdogan whose ability to win repeatedly at the ballot box has been unparalleled in Turkish history.