Earlier this year, Gulcan Kacmaz won almost 54% of the vote in a local election in the Kurdish-majority city of Van. The outcome would have entitled her to become mayor, but Turkey's election commission has prevented her from taking the job.
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?
Istanbul, where the mayoral vote is due to be rerun after presidential pressure, isn't the only place where local election results remain contested. In Turkey's east, several winners have also been shut out of office.
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.
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.
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