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Old 6th May 2019, 03:42 PM   #1
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Turkey to rerun vote in Istanbul following opposition win

Turkey's electoral body has ordered that Istanbul's local elections be re-held after a shock opposition victory in March.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party questioned the slim win by the opposition CHP, claiming there were "irregularities and corruption".


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Old 6th May 2019, 11:50 PM   #2
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The beatings will continue until the morale improves.
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Old 7th May 2019, 03:51 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by Captain_Swoop View Post
Turkey's electoral body has ordered that Istanbul's local elections be re-held after a shock opposition victory in March.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party questioned the slim win by the opposition CHP, claiming there were "irregularities and corruption".

...And we still lost
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Old 7th May 2019, 03:55 AM   #4
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I am sure Donald will be watchingwith keen interest.
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Old 24th June 2019, 08:23 AM   #5
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This apparently backfired, Ekrem İmamoğlu (CHP candidate) won the re-run by a landslide 9% margin (was 0.15% at the 31 March version). Erdogan conceded relatively gracefully on behalf of his guy.

Istanbul is the largest metro municipality, has 10 million voters (at least 15% of the country?) and turnout was almost 9m.

So 1) a check on Erdogan's previously relentless accumulation of power 2) a data point that apparent adverse interference with democracy failed, and is perhaps less likely going forward, not that there are any more elections for a few years.

Well done Istanbulites
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Old 24th June 2019, 09:51 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by Francesca R View Post
(at least 15% of the country?)

More. Istanbul has 16m people while the whole country has ~80.

What makes this even more relevant is that in the original elections, a lot of other cities fell to the CHP as well, including IIRC the capital and second largest city Ankara. And a lot of local governments in the east where the leftist and pro-Kurdish HDP refrained from running own candidates and recommended voting for the CHP ones.

So, a bad development for the AKP but for Erdogan's own position I don't think it will matter much. He has a solid base.
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Old 24th June 2019, 10:16 AM   #7
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He will probably stay President but the number of his days has probably shortened.

Until this it seemed like only the financial markets had enough power left to stop him doing what he wanted, so he eventually stopped trying to tell the central bank what to do last September (only after the currency market beat him up badly) (Trump still gets away with doing this stuff). Now he can't control the biggest city that's a better than baby step.

Yes Ankara was lost in March too.
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Old 24th June 2019, 03:19 PM   #8
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He will now fight back just as he has always done, dirtier than ever.
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Old 26th June 2019, 02:58 PM   #9
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Old 26th June 2019, 10:56 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by Francesca R View Post
He will probably stay President but the number of his days has probably shortened.
Yes, if - IF - the opposition makes this victory count. They could blow it still. I welcome this victory, which also shows us the integrity of the Turkish vote is, for the moment, relatively safe.

On the other hand I also dread the next national election. It's four years down the line, enough to being all sorts of cheating about. This is what repeatedly happened in Venezuela in the past 10-15 years, to disastrous results.

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Originally Posted by Childlike Empress View Post
More. Istanbul has 16m people while the whole country has ~80.

What makes this even more relevant is that in the original elections, a lot of other cities fell to the CHP as well, including IIRC the capital and second largest city Ankara. And a lot of local governments in the east where the leftist and pro-Kurdish HDP refrained from running own candidates and recommended voting for the CHP ones.

So, a bad development for the AKP but for Erdogan's own position I don't think it will matter much. He has a solid base.
a solid base that depends on Istanbul and other big cities to generate the wealth that he can transfer to them.
If he spigot gets turned down, Erdogan's support will wither.
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Originally Posted by Captain_Swoop View Post
I am sure Donald will be watchingwith keen interest.
He's probably got his crayons out, taking notes for the 2020 election.
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Old 6th July 2019, 02:43 PM   #13
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Arrests opposition thinkers, including university professors and media. Does his own version of The Phantom Menace so he can get emergency powers. Yup, it's quacking like a duck pretty textbook.
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Old 8th July 2019, 01:46 AM   #14
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Arrests opposition thinkers, including university professors and media. Does his own version of The Phantom Menace so he can get emergency powers. Yup, it's quacking like a duck pretty textbook.
That was in 2016 already, this is Attack of the Clones. It explains all the expired people voting in the elections at least.

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Old 9th July 2019, 01:50 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by McHrozni View Post
That was in 2016 already, this is Attack of the Clones. It explains all the expired people voting in the elections at least.

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Gee, I thought the "Graveyard Vote" only existed in Chicago....
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