The 57 million voters across the country will choose mayors, councilors and muhtars. The troubled Turkish economy presents a challenge for President Erdogan’s ruling AKP, which has until now has had a wide base of support.
In Turkey, thousands of prisoners are being held in solitary confinement. Conditions are so harsh that some prisoners consider dying by suicide. Turkey's government has offered no comment.
Yavuz Selim Demirag has been an outspoken critic of President Erdogan. He was set on by assailants with baseball bats in what journalists say is a sign of shrinking press freedom.
Turkey's electoral authority has given in to presidential pressure: Istanbul's mayoral election will be rerun — and overseen largely by Erdogan's henchmen. DW's Erkan Arikan says Turkish democracy is dead.
Turkey's Foreign Ministry has denied claims that the German-Turkish journalist was tortured in prison near Istanbul. It has also rejected a warning from Germany that Turkey should stick to the UN anti-torture convention.
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