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Türkiye votes: Will Erdogan's AKP win again Istanbul?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a campaign event in Istanbul.  Photo: Francisco Seco/AP/dpa

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a marketing campaign occasion in Istanbul. picture

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In 2019, the opposition handed Erdogan and his AKP a painful loss. She gained native elections in Istanbul and the capital Ankara. Can the ruling get together take again the cities?

Around ten months after incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdogan's victory within the presidential election, his Islamic conservative get together AKP is being examined once more for the primary time. Around 61 million folks in 81 provinces are referred to as to elect mayors, municipal councilors and different native politicians in the present day.

What might be significantly thrilling might be whether or not Erdogan's AKP will achieve profitable again the metropolis of Istanbul and the capital Ankara from the opposition. In Istanbul, the nation's financial and cultural heart, there may very well be a neck-and-neck race between AKP candidate Murat Kurum (47) and incumbent mayor Ekrem Imamoglu (53) from the center-left CHP get together .

Election underneath tough circumstances

The election is going down underneath tough circumstances: the poor financial scenario within the nation and excessive inflation may value Erdogan's get together votes. Many complain about rising meals costs and skyrocketing rents; According to a survey, many younger folks want to depart the nation. The opposition, which was nonetheless united within the parliamentary and presidential elections in 2023, is taken into account divided and is not working as a united entrance.

Imamoglu wrested energy in Istanbul from Erdogan's ruling AKP in 2019, ending 25 years of rule by Islamic conservative events. The AKP had the election canceled on the time. In the second spherical, Imamoglu gained by an excellent bigger margin – that is thought-about the worst setback in Erdogan's political profession. Erdogan's political rise started in Istanbul when he was elected mayor in 1994.

Election campaigns are thought-about unfair

Should Imamoglu win once more, his place as a potential challenger to Erdogan might be strengthened. However, if the AKP candidate wins, observers warn that Erdogan may really feel inspired to discover new limits. He may due to this fact search a constitutional change in an effort to safe one other time period in workplace, which the present structure prohibits.

The election marketing campaign is taken into account unfair – a big a part of the media in Turkey is underneath direct or oblique authorities management. A delegation from the Council of Europe and the Left Party is observing the elections on website. Thousands of volunteers are additionally supposed to make sure an orderly course of. Shortly earlier than the vote, the Oy ve Ötesi affiliation stated it had been in a position to recruit 30,000 volunteers. That is greater than within the native elections in 2019 however considerably lower than within the parliamentary and presidential elections in 2023, for which 200,000 folks registered as election employees.

The polling stations opened on Sunday morning and are scheduled to shut within the early night (native time). The first official outcomes are anticipated afterward Sunday night.