Turkey Mayor Election Erdogans Party Faces Massive Loss In Kurdish Vote

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Turkey is also a key Western ally in the fight against terrorism and in stemming the flow of refugees to Europe. The race for Istanbul is seen as a test of Erdogans popularity amid a sharp economic downturn rising unemployment and high food prices. To its critics the Islamic based AKP is entering the election with its democratic credentials dented for triggering the repeat vote. Its very risky for any political party to lose Istanbul general manager of the Istanbul Economics Research think tank. Then the now imprisoned Kurdish politician. The AKP and Yildirim have tried to strategise to win the Kurdish HDP voters over. Mr Imamoglu frequently plays up his religious credentials and has sought to reach out to Istanbul Kurds. Even though Erdogan was not on Sundays ballot analysts said the vote was a political test for him. Imamoglu is the first politician in almost 20 years who could become a credible challenger to Erdogan Piccoli added. ISTANBUL The Latest on Turkeys re run election for the mayor of Istanbul

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