Erdogan loses again- what’s next?

Staff Writer | Jun 25, 2019
Turkish opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu won a rerun of the Istanbul mayor’s race on Sunday 23 June.

Imamoglu of the opposition alliance won the first election on 31 March by 14,000 votes. In the second vote his margin of victory was nearly 800,000. This is a truly stinging indictment of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s economic policies as well as his refusal to accept an earlier defeat. 

Imamoglu won 54% of the vote and the ruling AK Party’s candidate, former Prime Minister Binali Yildirim won 45%, according to state media. Turkey is reported to have more journalists in its jails than any other country in the world.

This is a clear sign that voters are concerned about Turkey’s democratic foundations and about an economy reeling from a rise both in consumer prices and in unemployment.

 

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