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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Turkish Democracy Is Still Alive – Foreign Policy

Turkish Democracy Is Still Alive
And the Istanbul elections show how.
BY MURAT SOMER | JUNE 19, 2019, 5:14 PM

People in a restaurant watch a televised lived debate between mayoral candidates Binali Yildirim and Ekrem Imamoglu in Istanbul on June 16. BURAK KARA/GETTY IMAGES
On June 23, somewhere between 8 and 9 million residents of Istanbul will go to the polls to elect their mayor—again. The leading contenders are Ekrem Imamoglu, a dynamic young former district mayor from the Republican People’s Party (CHP), and Binali Yildirim, a seasoned politician and former prime minister from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

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İmamoğlu appears poised for another victory in Istanbul on Sunday - analysis | Ahval

İmamoğlu appears poised for another victory in Istanbul on Sunday - analysis

Turkey’s main opposition Istanbul mayoral candidate Ekrem İmamoğlu has demonstrated through his solid support base, a broader and deeper opposition coalition than Turkey has ever seen, that another victory in Sunday’s election is very much within reach, wrote Louis Fishman, assistant professor at Brooklyn College, City University of New York and expert on Turkish affairs, wrote in Haaretz.

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Tired of treading softly, Turkey's Erdogan back on election warpath | Euronews

Tired of treading softly, Turkey's Erdogan back on election warpath
By Reuters• last updated: 19/06/2019 - 17:02

By Orhan Coskun, Humeyra Pamuk and Jonathan Spicer

ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has gone on the warpath against the main opposition days ahead of a re-run of a mayoral vote in Istanbul, scrapping plans to avoid divisive rhetoric that some officials in his ruling AK Party believed would alienate voters.

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Army of lawyers prepares to defend high-stakes Istanbul poll | Financial Times

Army of lawyers prepares to defend high-stakes Istanbul poll
Both sides deploy thousands of election monitors as tension rises ahead of vote rerun

Merve Yavuz was 1,500 miles from Istanbul when Turkey’s election board cancelled the result of the city’s mayoral election. But the corporate lawyer, who lives in France, decided she had to find a way to help in the rerun of the vote. “I said: I can’t stand this. I can’t just sit at home and watch — I have to go,” she said.

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Turkey holds its breath: Is Erdogan about to lose, again? - Middle East News - Haaretz.com

Opinion Turkey Holds Its Breath: Is Erdogan About to Lose, Again?

Turkey’s president once said: 'If we lose Istanbul, we lose Turkey.' What happens if he loses Istanbul twice? And to Ekrem Imamoglu's unprecedented liberal, secular, Kurdish, nationalist and conservative Muslim coalition?

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Can Turkey crawl back from the economic brink? | Business News

Can Turkey crawl back from the economic brink?World News

Updated Jun 18, 2019 | 13:51 IST | AFP
The currency lost almost a third of its value against the dollar last year, helping to plunge the economy into recession and fuelling inflation of around 20 per cent.

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Mayoral election re-run in Turkey: Istanbul's Imamoglu has a plan - Qantara.de

Istanbul's Imamoglu has a plan

Having spent just seventeen days in the job, Ekrem Imamoglu from the Republican Peopleʹs Party wants to win back the office of Mayor of Istanbul. Who is this man – and why is his potential re-election so significant for Turkeyʹs future? By Marian Brehmer

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan Has Met His Match – Foreign Policy

Recep Tayyip Erdogan Has Met His Match

Turkey’s soccer-obsessed president is engaging in a last-ditch effort to help his party hold on to power in Istanbul. Can Ekrem Imamoglu beat him at his own game?

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Ezel Sahinkaya | Voice of America - English

Analysts Skeptical of Turkey's Vow to Protect Free Speech

In late May, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan introduced Turkey's new judicial reform package whose main goal was to increase 'citizens' confidence' in the country's judicial system

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Erdogan attacks Istanbul's ousted mayor days before poll re-run - Reuters

Erdogan attacks Istanbul's ousted mayor days before poll re-run
Ezgi Erkoyun, Humeyra Pamuk
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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attacked Istanbul’s ousted mayor on Tuesday, days before a crucial re-run of the municipal vote, accusing him of being aligned with a U.S.-based cleric blamed by Ankara for orchestrating a 2016 failed coup.

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Will Erdoğan respect the Istanbul rerun result? | Ahval

Will Erdoğan respect the Istanbul rerun result?

With just days to go before Istanbul’s rerun mayoral election on June 23, this is a good time to consider the vote’s likely impact on Turkey’s foreign relations.

Four outcomes are most likely: 1) Ekrem İmamoğlu, candidate of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), wins indisputably; 2) Binali Yıldırım, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) candidate and former prime minister, wins indisputably; 3) İmamoğlu wins, but Erdoğan and the AKP challenge the results; 4) Yıldırım gains a disputed victory and faces allegations of vote rigging.

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Opposition says 'injustice' will galvanize Istanbul voters

Opposition says 'injustice' will galvanize Istanbul voters
By: AYSE WIETING, Associated Press

ISTANBUL (AP) - The opposition candidate for mayor of Istanbul said Monday he believes "the injustice" caused by the cancellation of his electoral win in March will galvanize voters in his favor in Sunday's rerun election.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Ekrem Imamoglu also said a second victory for him on June 23 would amount to a win for "democracy and for Istanbul."

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Erdogan bids Ataturk farewell - Middle East - Jerusalem Post

MIDDLE ISRAEL: ERDOGAN BIDS ATATURK FAREWELL

Fascinated by European technology, education and government, Ataturk saw the Middle East as socially reactionary, economically stagnant and culturally ignorant.

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