Voters in Turkey's biggest city are going to the polls in a controversial election rerun. The ruling AK party argued that the initial vote in March was marred by irregularities, but the opposition insists victory was snatched from its hands.
The ruling AKP's loss in Istanbul's local elections was the worst political defeat Turkey's president has ever suffered, and it could be symbolic of a deeper crisis. Is this the beginning of the end of the Erdogan era?
Opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu has taken the lead in a high-stakes rerun of Istanbul's mayoral race. The results deal a blow to President Erdogan's ruling party, which had called for the redo of the vote.
Ekrem Imamoglu rocked Turkish politics with his shock mayoral victory in Istanbul in March. But after the first vote was annulled over apparent irregularities, he's running again. Opinion polls show that he's ahead.
The first mayoral vote in March was annulled after the ruling AKP party's losing candidate cried foul. Critics say the rerun is proof that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan does not want to lose his grip on power.
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