AK Party's candidate concedes defeat after initial results show CHP's Ekrem Imamoglu leading with 54 percent.
For the first time in 24 years, Turkey's AKP lost control of Istanbul. Now, the battle is happening all over again.
It's nearing sundown in one of Istanbul's most popular bar districts, but the streets are unusually quiet.
A short walk away, a few hundred locals are gathered in a park, snacking on sunflower seeds and drinking beer.
That's not an unusual summertime sight in the city's few green spaces, but this time, Istanbulites have come out for more than a sunset picnic.
ANKARA (Reuters) - Ten days after it annulled Turkey’s most dramatic election upset in years, the country’s electoral authority faces a barrage of questions from opposition parties who say there was no legal basis to cancel the vote.
The High Election Board said irregularities affected the outcome of the March 31 mayoral election in Istanbul, when the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) narrowly defeated President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party (AKP).
Istanbul’s ousted mayor says he will go into battle for Turkish democracy next month when he stands in a re-run of an election he thought had granted him the city to govern for five years.
Ekrem Imamoglu is confident he will win again on June 23, despite what he calls the theft of the narrow victory he won in March over President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party, but for him there are also bigger issues at stake.
Brazil's Supreme Federal Court ordered Tuesday the release of a Brazil-based Turkish businessman who was arrested over links to US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen.
Ali Sipahi, a restaurant owner in Sao Paulo who has lived in Brazil for 12 years, faces charges in Ankara of belonging to a "terrorist organization" involved in the failed coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in July 2016, Brazil's Supreme Court said.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s main opposition party on Wednesday appealed to the country’s top electoral body to annul local election results in Istanbul’s 39 districts, as well as last year’s presidential and parliamentary results, after the authority annulled the opposition’s victory in Istanbul’s mayoral race and ordered a new vote.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday defended the controversial decision to re-run local and mayoral elections in Istanbul, claiming there were "irregularities" in the voting process against his ruling Justice and Development (AKP) party.
In the March 31 vote that was seen as a referendum on Erdogan's popularity, the social democrat Republican People's Party (CHP), Turkey's main opposition, narrowly won the race for Mayor in Istanbul, ostensibly bringing an end to 25 years of AKP dominance in the city.
It had also won in Ankara.
Turkey’s main opposition party said on Tuesday its candidate for Istanbul mayor would again contest and win the post, after the election board ordered a re-run of the city election in a ruling that has spooked investors and drawn European criticism.
President Tayyip Erdogan had pushed hard for the re-run after his ruling AK Party (AKP) lost control of Turkey’s biggest city in the March 31 poll and he welcomed the High Election Board’s (YSK) decision. But one opposition leader compared it to a “civilian coup” and Germany urged Ankara to respect democracy.
ISTANBUL — Turkey’s electoral authorities on Monday ordered a rerun of the race for mayor of Istanbul, wiping away a crushing defeat for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan but heightening the prospect of social unrest and a new economic crisis.
The opposition party immediately condemned the decision as a blow to the democratic foundations of the country, which has seen an increasingly authoritarian drift under Mr. Erdogan’s 18 years in power.
Turkish prosecutors have launched 32 investigations into allegations of irregularities made by the ruling party after its shock loss in Istanbul's local elections held on March 31.
The investigators summoned more than 100 polling station officials for questioning as suspects, state-owned Anadolu news agency reported on Thursday.
The investigations focused on Istanbul's Maltepe, Kadikoy and Atasehir districts, Anadolu said.
Turkey's main opposition party candidate has officially won Istanbul's mayoral seat on Wednesday, after the city's electoral board decided that he was the winner of the March 31 local polls, despite objections by Turkey's ruling party.
Ekrem Imamoglu, the Republican People's Party (CHP) candidate, received the mandate at the board headquarters, with a large crowd of supporters celebrating outside the building in the Istanbul district of Caglayan.
The outcome of Turkey’s local elections has surprised many analysts and frustrated the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), which had dominated the Turkish media and benefited from massive state resources for its campaign. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s speech on election night was one marked by cautious optimism and not celebratory joy, which was unusual in recent Turkish history. “We will see how they rule.
La derrota en las grandes ciudades del presidente Recep Tayyip Erdogan en las elecciones municipales celebradas en Turquía el domingo es un claro mensaje del electorado urbano de ese país sobre su rechazo a la vía autoritaria y de islamización de la sociedad en la que el mandatario se ha embarcado desde hace algunos años.