23 July 2019   Leave a comment

In a stunning defeat for the AK Party of President Erdogan of Turkey, the opposition candidate, Ekrem Imamoglu, won a decisive victory in the election for the Mayor of Istanbul. Imamoglu narrowly won the election in March, but the government decided to hold another election because the margin of victory was alleged to have been too narrow. The results of yesterday’s election was decisive, with Imamoglu winning 54% of the votes. The results as seen as a challenge to the increasingly authoritarian conduct of President Erdogan and it is difficult to anticipate what his reaction will be. The Turkish economy is weakening and Turkey’s relationship to NATO and the US has been frayed over the situation in Syria and the Turkish purchase of an advanced air-defense system from Russia.

Posted June 23, 2019 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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