Turkish democracy is the winner in these momentous local elections

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By toppling the AKP in Ankara and Istanbul, the opposition has shown that Erdoğan’s ruling party is not an invincible force

  • Sinan Ülgen
  • The Guardian

Sunday’s local elections in Turkey resulted in a major setback for the president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and his ruling alliance.

The ruling Justice and Development party (AKP) and nationalist MHP coalition lost Turkey’s major cities to an opposition ushering in an era of change at the local level.

The political transitions in Istanbul and Ankara are critical given that these cities have been held by Erdoğan’s political “family” tradition since 1994.

The loss in Istanbul (now subject to a challenge by the AKP) is also laden with symbolism since the…

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