Ekrem Imamoglu

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Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaking in Ankara on December 26th, 2019. Photograph: Murat Kula/Turkish Presidential Press Service/AFP/Getty

On the surface, Ayla looks like a model young conservative of the kind that would make Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan proud. A graduate of on(...)

Syrian refugees remove a corrugated metal as they dismantle their shelters at the Lebanese border town of Arsal. Photograph: Reuters/Hassan Abdallah

Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, the three regional countries hosting 5.6 million Syrian refugees, are struggling under the burden. Economic crises in all(...)

Supporters of the secular opposition Republican People’s Party candidate for mayor, Ekrem Imamoglu,  celebrate in  Istanbul. For all the understandable euphoria, it is too early yet to write off Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photograph: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has gambled and lost – spectacularly. In an election for mayor of Istanbul at the weekend, Turkey’s all-powerful president suffer(...)

Turkish people gather to celebrate after the Istanbul mayoral elections re-run, at Kadikoy in Istanbul, on Sunday. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

‘Whoever wins Istanbul wins Turkey, ” Recep Tayyip Erdogan once said. How he must hope he is wrong. In perhaps the most significant setback he has suf(...)

Republican People’s Party (CHP) candidate for mayor of Istanbul Ekrem Imamoglu celebrating in front of supporters at Beylikduzu in the city after his decisive win in Sunday’s election. Photograph: CHP press service/AFP/Getty Images

Delivering a victory speech at his party’s election headquarters on Sunday night, Istanbul’s new opposition mayor declared that his triumph in a (...)

Ekrem Imamoglu of the Republican Peoples Party (CHP) gives a victory speech after winning the Istanbul Mayoral rerun election on June 23rd in Istanbul. Photograph:  Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Turkey’s opposition has dealt president Tayyip Erdogan a stinging blow by winning control of Istanbul in a re-run mayoral election, breaking his aura (...)

 Supporters of Ekrem Imamoglu celebrate after the Istanbul mayoral election rerun, in  Turkey. Photograph: Erdem Sahin/EPA

Turkey’s ruling party has conceded defeat in Istanbul’s controversial mayoral election rerun, handing the nation’s beleaguered opposition a landmark v(...)

Supporters of president Tayyip Erdogan wave Turkish flags in Istanbul. The country’s  international relations are  changing. Photograph: Murad Sezer

Datca town council in southwest Turkey is closing its beaches because of “expected simultaneous sand and snow storms”. The hotel we are staying in at (...)

Republican People’s Party candidate for Istanbul mayor Ekrem Imamoglu during a campaign rally in Istanbul on Wednesday. Photograph: Sedat Suna/EPA

Millions of voters in Istanbul go back to the polls for a controversial mayoral election re-run on Sunday, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party t(...)

Turkish opposition candidate for Istanbul’s re-run mayoral election Ekrem Imamoglu: “My only aim now is to run Istanbul.” Photograph Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Ekrem Imamoglu spent just 17 days as the mayor of Istanbul before the election council of Turkey annulled the vote and forced him from office. But the(...)

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