Success of low-key mayoral campaign based on reaching out across a polarised Istanbul

Ekrem İmamoğlu was not a well-known figure in Turkish politics in the hectic run-up to Sunday’s local elections.

But by the end of the night, the secular Republican People’s party (CHP) candidate for mayor of Istanbul had become a household name, after delivering one of the most high-profile challenges to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s control of the country in years.

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