First (half defeat) for Erdogan Ankara to the Kemalists, Istanbul contention

Mon, 1 Apr 2019 11:54:26 +0200

Who wins Istanbul wins all Turkey had said President Erdogan in these last days of election campaign while, tireless, held a rally behind the other in the city where he began his political career as a prime minister. Never words were more prophetic. Yesterday, after a throbbing head-to-head, former Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced that he had prevailed for only 5,000 votes on the Social Democrat Ekrem Imamoglu, a mayor almost unknown to the general public. But the Chp candidate claimed victory for himself, asking for a recount of the votes and promising, in any case, an appeal. It went even worse in Ankara where Mansur Yavas, a Kemal lawyer with a nationalist past, won with 50% of the votes on the president's loyalist, former minister Mehmet Ozhaseki.