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Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Suffers Major Blow as Turkish Cities Vote for Opposition Party Mayors

HeadlineApr 01, 2024

In Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s ruling party has suffered historic losses in local elections as the secular opposition Republican People’s Party won mayoral races in Turkey’s five largest cities, including the capital Ankara. In Istanbul, Ekrem İmamoğlu won reelection with more than 51%, cementing his role as a possible future challenger to Erdoğan.

Ekrem İmamoğlu: “The nation itself gives the order and the instructions, not just one person. Officials receive instructions from the nation. The period of one-man rule is over as of today. It is done. The republic and democracy go full speed ahead from now on.”

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