Turkey’s Opposition, Buoyed by Its Win in Istanbul, Faces a Long Road Ahead

Ekrem Imamoglu, the new mayor of Istanbul from Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party, or CHP, at a press conference the day after he took office, Istanbul, June 28, 2019 (AP photo by Lefteris Pitarakis).
Ekrem Imamoglu, the new mayor of Istanbul from Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party, or CHP, at a press conference the day after he took office, Istanbul, June 28, 2019 (AP photo by Lefteris Pitarakis).
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The resounding victory by opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu in last week’s mayoral election in Istanbul delivered a sharp blow to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, whose 17-year grip on power suddenly looks a little less tight. In addition to a resurgent opposition, Erdogan now also faces rumbles of discontent from within the AKP and a looming challenge from several of his own former allies who are planning to launch a new center-right party. But both the opposition and Erdogan’s erstwhile AKP partners face an uphill task taking on the man who […]

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