What Istanbul poll defeat means for Turkey’s President Erdogan


When President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan lost a local election here back
in March he decided to gamble. Citing claims of fraud and
widespread irregularities he and his party pushed for
a re-run and the country’s high electoral council agreed. That election took
place on Sunday and it backfired spectacularly
for President Erdogan. Ekrem Imamoglu, the
opposition challenger who had fought the contest
the first time round, not only won again, but
he increased his majority to about 800,000 votes. The symbolism of
Imamoglu’s victory for the Turkish
opposition is huge. President Erdogan has basically
dominated this country’s politics for the last 17 years
and the opposition have really struggled to make inroads. Now they’re in
control not only of Istanbul, Turkey’s largest
and most prosperous city, but also a string of other
cities across the country. Losing Istanbul in particular
is very painful for Mr Erdogan. He himself began his
own political career here 25 years ago when he won
election as mayor of Istanbul. He often touts his
policy that whoever loses Istanbul loses Turkey. Losing Istanbul also has
practical significance for Mr Erdogan. It’s the richest city in
Turkey with the largest GDP and it has a huge municipal
budget of around $4bn a year. Losing that means losing a
very rich source of patronage that has helped sustain the
party structure over the years. And although it’s
very early days, many opposition supporters,
who were dancing in the streets here last night,
now hope that this is the beginning
of a new chapter for them and for their hopes
and aspirations for Turkey.

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  1. Look at the people celebrating? Infidel people atheïsts who dont believe. These are not the real turks, their ancestors were greeks armenians etc. Siktigimin yavsaklari dinsiz imansizlar. Erdogan is representing the real TURK, honest real islamic.

  2. Ekrem cannot defete erdogan.nope erdogan a great leader of turkey,his just,honest,strong and capable of leading his country,its shame tho his people dont appriciete him a shame on them as they cant see the favours god had done for these people,stupid arrogant people all they think about is democrecy and changes in law.what law are they exactly talking about? Attaturk was a zionist freemason who gave his ottoman empire to the british zionists sold his country to the ziopigs,now that erdogan has done so much for this country his god shall give him power,erdogan shall rule turkey and thats confirmed.

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