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Local elections in Turkey: Agencies: Erdogan’s AKP threatens defeat in Istanbul

Local elections in Turkey: Agencies: Erdogan’s AKP threatens defeat in Istanbul

Erdogan’s AKP is threatened with a bitter defeat in the local elections in Istanbul. According to initial results, the incumbent mayor Imamoglu is clearly ahead.

According to preliminary unofficial results, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party is threatened with defeat in the important metropolis of Istanbul in local elections.

Incumbent Ekrem Imamoglu of the largest opposition party CHP went from just under 40 percent of the votes to around 50 percent in the mayoral election, according to the state news agency Anadolu. His challenger, the candidate of the Islamic conservative AKP, Murat Kurum, received 41.3 percent of the vote. The opposition-affiliated news agency Anka saw Imamoglu at around 57 percent after counting more than half of the votes.

Preliminary unofficial results indicated a nationwide loss of votes for the AKP compared to the results of the 2019 local elections. The first official results were expected later in the evening.

Around 61 million people in 81 provinces were called upon to elect mayors, municipal councilors and other local politicians. A good ten months after Erdogan’s re-election, the vote is seen as a mood test for the president and his AKP.

Imamoglu, who surprisingly won Istanbul as a CHP candidate in 2019, thus ending the decades-long government of the AKP and its predecessors, is considered a potential future presidential candidate and a promising opponent for Erdogan. Around 16 million people live in the metropolis of Istanbul.

Source: Stern

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