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Opposition starts campaign for Istanbul mayor in re-run

May. 22, 2019 8:49 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The opposition's candidate for Istanbul mayor has launched his campaign for the June 23 re-run elections, promising to win again after Turkey's electoral board ruled the initial vote invalid. Ekrem Imamoglu from the secular Republican People's Party is accusing President Recep Tayyip...

Turkey: 14 get life over 2016 bombings near Istanbul stadium

May. 17, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says a court has sentenced 14 people to life imprisonment without parole over two bombings near an Istanbul soccer stadium in 2016 that killed 47 people. Anadolu Agency said the court in Istanbul on Friday convicted four of the defendants of attempting...

US wants swift end to Istanbul consulate staff trial

May. 15, 2019 6:59 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A U.S official has called for the trial of a Turkish employee of the U.S. Consulate on espionage charges to be resolved "swiftly, transparently and fairly." The trial was adjourned Wednesday until June 28. Metin Topuz, a translator and assistant for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, has...

Turkish electoral body rejects opposition demand in Istanbul

May. 13, 2019 9:54 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's electoral board has rejected a demand by opposition parties to annul local election results in Istanbul's 39 districts, following the board's decision to strip the opposition of its victory in the mayoral race. The Supreme Electoral Board on Monday also turned down the opposition's...

Turkish opposition journalist hospitalized following attack

May. 11, 2019 9:08 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A journalist critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government and its nationalist allies was hospitalized after being attacked outside his home, his newspaper said Saturday. The Yenicag newspaper said columnist Yavuz Selim Demirag was beaten up by about five or six people with...

Turkey's opposition seeks cancellation of 2018 elections

May. 8, 2019 12:26 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's main opposition party on Wednesday appealed to the country's top electoral body to annul local election results in Istanbul's 39 districts, as well as last year's presidential and parliamentary results, after the authority annulled the opposition's victory in Istanbul's...

Erdogan defends Istanbul vote redo, critics see power grab

May. 7, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted Tuesday that rerunning the Istanbul mayoral vote that was won by the opposition will only strengthen democracy, while critics called the decision an "outrageous" move to eliminate dissent against his government. Ruling in favor of...

Turkey's electoral board orders re-run of Istanbul vote

May. 6, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's top election authority voided the Istanbul mayoral election won by an opposition candidate and ordered a do-over, ruling Monday in favor of a request by the president's party to throw out the vote it narrowly lost. Opposition leaders said the Supreme Electoral Board's...

The Latest: Voided vote called 'victory' for democracy

May. 6, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on disputed mayoral elections in Turkey (all times local): 12:35 a.m. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman says the voiding of the mayoral election in Istanbul amounts to "a victory for Turkish democracy" by ensuring the results reflect the voters' choice....

NewsBreak: Turkish president's spokesman calls invalidated Istanbul mayoral election a 'victory for democracy'

May. 6, 2019 5:39 PM EDT
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — NewsBreak: Turkish president's spokesman calls invalidated Istanbul mayoral election a 'victory for democracy'