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Istanbul mayoral candidates square off in rare TV debate ahead of vote re-run

The two leading contenders for Istanbul mayor faced off in a political debate on Sunday, a week before the city is set to hold a repeat of the election an opposition candidate won and Turkey's governing party successfully challenged. Ruling party favorite Binali Yildirim and secular opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu argued during the live televised debate, a rarity in Turkey, over the election authority's decision to void the first mayoral election. Yildirim, a former Turkish prime minister, said the March 31 election had been "stolen" from him. The re-run is slated for June 23.

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