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Erdogan’s Party Loses Ankara in Local Elections



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Erdogan’s Party Loses Ankara in Local Elections

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s grip on Turkey has been challenged by a resurgent opposition in local elections, with his ruling Justice and Development party (AKP) losing control of Ankara and on track to lose Istanbul, according to unofficial local election results.
Voting in 30 cities, 51 municipal capitals and 922 districts across the country on Sunday has been viewed widely as a referendum on the president’s handling of Turkey’s economic crisis as the nation of 81 million people faces a recession for the first time since Erdoğan entered office 16 years ago.
It is also a litmus test for whether the Turkish leader is willing to use his newly expanded presidential powers and increasing appetite for authoritarian measures to secure AKP dominance in the country’s two major cities.

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