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Istanbul mayoral race debate between candidates begins

Istanbul mayoral race debate between candidates begins
Live broadcast of mayoral debate from Istanbul TV studio starts at 9 pm local time (1800GMT)

By Sena Guler

ISTANBUL (AA) - Two mayoral candidates for the Turkish megalopolis Istanbul on Sunday sat down in a special TV studio for a debate a week ahead of a re-run of the Istanbul polls.

The broadcast of the live debate between People's Alliance candidate Binali Yildirim and Nation Alliance candidate Ekrem Imamoglu at Istanbul’s Lutfi Kirdar Congress Center started at 9 p.m. local time (1800GMT).

The debate, moderated by veteran journalist and TV presenter Ismail Kucukkaya, is being carried live on most TV channels, and millions across the country are tuned in.

The ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) joined forces for the elections under the People’s Alliance banner.

Their opponents are the Nation Alliance, a bloc including the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and Good (IYI) Party.

Yildirim and Imamoglu are vying for the Istanbul mayor’s seat again after the Supreme Election Council (YSK) ordered a re-run of the March 31 Istanbul polls.

The results of the vote were canceled after the ruling AK Party and Nationalist Movement Party appealed to the council, citing irregularities and violations of election law.

source: News Feed
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