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Video game features opposition candidate’s route to Istanbul Mayor

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İmamoglu is a Turkish politician and member of the CHP.

He was elected to be the next Mayor of Istanbul in the 2019 Istanbul mayoral election.

The online game, called ‘Mazbata’ (Mandate in Turkish), is available on mazbata.online.

An online video game released on Wednesday related to Istanbul’s Mayoral elections has gained popularity in Turkey, having been played nearly 200,000 times as of Friday.

It has become a platform where people fed up with the prolonged election process in Istanbul can find fun and relief, its developer, Emre Senkal, told dpa.

“People like the idea of celebrating a win, even in the virtual world, for Imamoglu,’’ Senkal said, referring to the Istanbul mayoral candidate of the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP).

Senkal says his initial aim was to add some satire into ongoing political debates, loaded with accusations of fraud.

The super Mario-like character jumps over obstacles to collect votes, featured as ballot boxes, to eventually obtain electoral victory.

“I urge the Supreme Electoral Council to do its duty,’’ Imamoglu says as he recovers one box.

Preliminary results showed that Imamoglu was ahead of his rival from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the March 31, mayoral race.

The final verdict, however, has yet to be made after nearly two weeks.

The country’s election authority, YSK, is to conclude on objections from the AKP over alleged irregularities.

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