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Voters in Turkey hand Erdogan thundering defeat in watershed local election

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his party suffer a major defeat in a nationwide local vote, with the opposition reasserting itself as a political force and Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu emerging as Erdogan's main rival. Imamoglu leads by 10 percentage points in the mayoral race in Istanbul, while his Republican People's Party (CHP) retains Ankara and gains 15 other mayoral seats. This marks Erdogan's worst defeat in over two decades in power and could indicate a shift in Turkey's political landscape. Analysts attribute the loss to factors such as soaring inflation and dissatisfied Islamist voters.

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