While Ukraine is engaged in a standoff between a comedian and the rulling oligarch, Turkey held local elections. President Recep Erdogan and his allies remained in power but they seem to be lost some key positions on the local level.
Mansur Yavaş, the candidate of the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and İYİ (Good) Party, has emerged as the winner in Ankara, becoming the capital’s new mayor. He is about 2% ahead of his rival, according to unofficial figures. Mehmet Ozhaseki, the candidate of the People’s Alliance, between the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) received nearly 47.76% of the votes. The CHP has ousted the ruling party from the post after 25 years, with 49.75% of the ballots.
Ekrem Imamoglu, the candidate of the CHP is also ahead over his opponent from the AKP in Istanbul, according to data by the country’s High Election Board. With 99.95% votes counted, Imamoglu has 48,76%.
Earlier, both sides claimed victory in the Istanbul election.
In the third-largest city, Izmir, the opposition Nation Alliance bloc candidate Mustafa Tunc Soyer is in the lead with 58%. Nihat Zeybekci, the candidate for Erdogan’s bloc, had 38.5 percent. About 99% of the votes have been counted.
Fatih Macoglu, from the Communist Party of Turkey’s (TKP), became the first-every communist mayor of a province center in Turkey after winning the election in eastern Tunceli province.
The nationwide situation still seems to be in favour of Erdogan and his allies. In aprticular, the president’s AKP has 41.61% with 99.81% votes counted. Despite this, the recent developments show negative tendensies for the rulling government, which has faced a series of economic setbacks over the past few years. A successful foreign polciy allowed Turkey to achieve some goals in the region. However, the economic and social issues have been adressed less efficiently.
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