After defeat in municipal elections, is the end of Erdogan’s AKP hegemony in Turkey near?

Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s latest electoral setback to secure control of the country for another five years was his first defeat at the polls. Ahead of the counting of votes in Turkey’s local elections on Sunday, a red wave spread across the country’s 81 provinces. The main opposition party, the social democratic CHP, not only retained control of Turkey’s major cities, but also won 35 provincial mayorships, the most polling party with 37.8% of the vote.

In Turkey, every vote is seen as a plebiscite for Erdogan’s leadership, and in this case, the president was defeated for the first time after winning fifteen consecutive elections. “We started this success together, with this steadfast journey to democracy that began five years ago. “Together we represent the understanding of the goodness, beauty and unity of people,” said Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu after the counting of votes, who renewed his position with an absolute victory of 51.1% of the votes. Ten points more. A candidate supported by the Turkish president.

Source: El Diario

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