Win Against Tyranny: Turkey's Opposition Strikes Blow To Erdogan With Istanbul Mayoral Win

Turkey’s opposition has dealt President Tayyip Erdogan a stinging blow by winning control of Istanbul in a re-run mayoral election, breaking his aura of invincibility and delivering a message from voters unhappy over his ever tighter grip on power. Ekrem Imamoglu of the secularist Republican People’s Party (CHP) secured 54.21% of votes, the head of the High Election Board announced on Monday - a far wider victory margin than his narrow win three months ago. The previous result was annulled after protests from Erdogan’s Islamist-rooted AK Party, which said there had been widespread voting irregularities. The decision to re-run the vote was criticized by Western allies and caused uproar among domestic opponents who said Turkey’s democracy was under threat.
“In this city today, you have fixed democracy. Thank you Istanbul,” Imamoglu told supporters who made heart signs with their hands, in an expression of the inclusive election rhetoric that has been the hallmark of his campaigning. “We came to embrace everyone,” he said. “We will build democracy in this city, we will build justice. In this beautiful city, I promise, we will build the future.”

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This decisive win, now confirmed twice this year will mean the beginning of the end of Erdogan's era, a return to democracy and constitutional law...

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Istanbul, as big city is much important  to show how most of the people in Turkey think about Erdogan's regime.  I remined, in June 2015 elections were a bigger loss for Erdogan. He wasn't able to build a government. But then he won.... I hope this is a new era from democracy in Turkey. 

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No doubt,  Erdogan has suffered the biggest defeat of his political career.... Big loss for autocrat..

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12 minutes ago, damirUSBiH said:

This decisive win, now confirmed twice this year will mean the beginning of the end of Erdogan's era, a return to democracy and constitutional law...

The beginning of “fixing” democracy in Turkey...

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A huge win. Erdogan's political career rose in Instanbul as his AKP took power in the city.  He has served as mayor from 1994 to 1998. End of circle..

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