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Istanbul votes again: An existential battle for the heart and soul of Turkey

Jun 22 2019
Turkey
Source: 
Alaraby

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.

Turkey, Russia face conflicts over Syria’s push into Idlib

Jun 01 2019
Syria
Turkey
Source: 
Concord Monitor
Ankara and Moscow are again facing an escalation of violence in Syria’s last rebel-held territory, a development that puts their cooperation to the test even as they support opposing sides in the eight-year war that has devastated Syria.
 
An all-out offensive by Syrian government forces to capture Idlib in northwestern Syria from insurgents could unleash an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, for the area is home to 3 million people.
 

Turkey Says Nearly 330,000 Syrians Returned Home

May 28 2019
Syria
Turkey
Source: 
ASHARQ AL-AWSAT
Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said 329,000 Syrians have returned from Turkey since the end of the operations carried out by Turkey and pro-Syrian factions, including the Free Syrian Army, Turkey’s interior minister said Sunday.
 
Soylu said those Syrians returned to their homeland thanks to the peace reached in Afrin, Azaz, Jarablus, and al-Bab where the Olive Branch and Euphrates Shield operations were carried out.
 

Turkey's election board under pressure to explain Istanbul vote annulment

May 16 2019
Turkey
Source: 
Reuters

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 rerun will be a race between opposition candidate and Turkish President - Foreign Policy

May 10 2019
Turkey
Source: 
Ahval News
The rerun of local elections in Istanbul on June 23 will be a contest between the opposition candidate and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Foreign Policy said on Thursday.
 
Erdoğan put his credibility on the line by campaigning hard in Istanbul and after the results were announced, he publicly urged electoral authorities to annul the results and decide for a rerun.
 

Ousted Istanbul mayor says election re-run a battle for democracy

May 09 2019
Turkey
Source: 
REUTERS

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 court orders release of businessman accused by Ankara of terrorism

May 08 2019
Turkey
Source: 
FRANCE 24

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.

Turkey’s opposition seeks cancellation of 2018 elections

May 08 2019
Turkey
Source: 
The Associated Press

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.

Erdogan defends Istanbul election re-run

May 07 2019
Turkey
Source: 
SOCIALNEWS.XYZ

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.

Turkish opposition confident of winning Istanbul poll re-run, lira sinks again

May 07 2019
Turkey
Source: 
REUTERS

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.

Turkey orders new election for Istanbul Mayor, in setback for opposition

May 06 2019
Turkey
Source: 
NYT

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.

Turkey investigates Istanbul local election 'irregularities'

May 02 2019
Turkey
Source: 
Al Jazeera

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.

Turkish opposition candidate declared Istanbul mayor, in a fresh blow to Erdogan’s ruling party

Apr 17 2019
Turkey
Source: 
Iraq now

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.

Turkey after the heated municipal elections

Apr 16 2019
Turkey
Source: 
Lobe Log

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.

Derrota de Erdogan

Apr 04 2019
Turkey
Source: 
El País

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.

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