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Erdogan Party looses local election in Turkey

In a nationwide local election on Sunday, Turkish voters surprises President Tayyip Erdogan and his party, marking their biggest electoral setback.
Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu has emerged Erdogan’s main rival.
Imamoglu led the race by a significant margin in the mayoral race in Istanbul, and his party Republican People’s Party (CHP) also securing victories in Ankara and 15 other cities. Election results signalling a shift in Turkey’s political landscape.
Erdogan referred to it as a “turning point” in a speech delivered after midnight.
This election was widely viewed as a gauge of President Erdogan’s popularity.
61 million people, including more than a million first-time voters, were eligible to cast ballots for all metropolitan municipalities, town and district mayorships as well as neighborhood administrations.
Turnout is traditionally high in Turkiye, but this time the vote comes against the backdrop of a cost-of-living crisis.