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Nathan Shachar: Opposition fragmented to give the AKP a match in early elections

the Opposition party CHP's candidate Ekrem Imamoglu won barely in march. The result shocked the ruling party, the AKP president Tayyip Erdogan, whose regime had grown accustomed to regard the city as their preferred turf. Erdogan's journey to power began in 1994 when he was elected mayor of Istanbul.

the statistics clearly showed that the Imamoglu defeated the AKP's candidate, former prime minister Binali Yildirim. But then followed a mysterious official silence, in which the turks, and the outside world could only interpret in one way: Behind the scenes of power disagreement about whether to accept the result.

the Thing was not only the loss of the lucrative city, whose gigantic construction projects benefited both the AKP's cash and its leading members. Even more difficult, for the security policy establishment and for the Erdogan-regime minoritetspartner, högernationalistiska MHP, was that it was Istanbul's kurds which brought the opposition to power. Both Yildirim and Erdogan signaled that they were ready to bite the bullet and admit the loss. Erdogan also hinted that he wanted to try to re-establish its position among the kurds and the liberals. The AKP has had many kurdish voters, but more and more of them have been removed in recent years, both because of the brutal persecution of the pro-kurdish HDP party; and partly by the actions against the terrorklassade PKK guerrillas on both sides of the Turkish-syrian border, partly by the expulsion of kurds from the syrian town of Afrin.

Erdogan ordat of this until the MHP's patriarch Devlet Bahceli gave an amazing keynote speech, where he dismissed all the talk about a rapprochement with the kurds and ruled that the election was inevitable. Two days afterwards, found himself Erdogan in Bahcelis ultimatum. It was obvious that the militant, and even thirty? the president never would have allowed themselves to be ruled by Bahceli if he does not understand that he had the apparatus of state – the turks call ”the deep state” – behind.

Turkey's president Tayyip Erdogan has accused the opposition of fraud since CHP won the borgmästarvalet in Istanbul. Photo: AP

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the Date for the re-election has not been chosen at random, say regimkritikerna. On 23 June, Istanbul's middle-class on vacation. A flurry of activity is now under way to persuade people to plan their holidays. Travel agents and hotels have engaged in a Twitter campaign in which those who remain to vote in may, book of and book of without costs.

But if the regime was ready to do everything to retain Istanbul, would kindly refrain from the city after yet another loss?

"We ought to boycott the elections to show the world that democracy is abolished here," says a former CHP parliamentarian to DN.

without illusions, would give the AKP a match in June. If not to prevail so in order to force the regime into yet another embarrassing editing of the results of the election.

the Regime itself has made hardly any efforts to substantiate their allegations of electoral fraud. At the same valbord and in the same premises of the opposition, election officials should have cheated themselves to victory, won the ak party in the county and other options. These options have not been cancelled. Valmyndighetens president Müberra Gürdal resigned the other day, seemingly in protest against the makthavandes heavy-handed interference.

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