ISTANBUL’S ELECTION: WHAT DOES ERDOGAN’S LOSS MEAN FOR TURKEY?

Source: CFR

By Steven A. Cook

Ekrem Imamoglu’s stunning victory in the rerun of Istanbul’s mayoral election marks a new low for Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his long-ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). But don’t expect the president to take the drubbing sitting down.

The AKP went to the trouble of forcing Turkey’s Supreme Election Commission to nullify the results of Istanbul’s mayoral election in April because Erdogan did not like the outcome: Imamoglu, of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), beating the AKP’s Binali Yildirim, a former prime minister. In the rerun on Sunday, Imamoglu won once again, but by a far larger margin—as much as eight hundred thousand votes, by some estimates.

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