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Good Sign For Democracy: Erdogan Loses Ground In Turkey’s Big Cities In Local Voting

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According to AP agency, Turkey’s opposition dealt President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a symbolic blow by gaining ground in key cities in the country’s local elections. The opposition won the capital, Ankara, a ruling party stronghold for decades, and was leading a tight race for mayor in Istanbul, according to unofficial figures Monday. The leader who has dominated Turkish politics for 16 years declared victory despite the opposition gains. Sunday’s local elections were widely seen as a gauge of support for Erdogan as the nation of 81 million faces a daunting economic recession with double-digit inflation, rising food prices and high unemployment. It was also a first test for Erdogan — who has been accused of increasingly authoritarian tendencies — since stepping last year into a new presidential role with widely expanded powers.
 

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The Vote Is just another Coup! Erdogan can build more detention facilities. Just you watch him!

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Of course, Erdogan will try to turn the loss into victory, but he has suffered a heavy blow after AK Party lost control of Ankara's capital for the first time in nearly two decades ....  And, I hope they are on course to lose Istanbul...

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Big cities have decided to punish the regime ... It will bring the dream of democracy back to Turkey.

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Turkish democracy is in shambles, but it's still alive thanks to the big cities there

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Just now, francoba said:

Turkish democracy is in shambles, but it's still alive thanks to the big cities there

Big question is whether opposition’s win will be officially acknowledged....

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2 minutes ago, ThunderBlade said:

Big question is whether opposition’s win will be officially acknowledged....

On the right track! There is much confusion over the opposition's win in Istanbul.  Erdogan declares a victory for the AKP ... the opposition CHP  declared their victory

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