Turkish Regional Elections, 31 March 2019

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Reports and analyses related to the local elections held in Turkey in March 2019.

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Local elections in Turkey were held on 31 March throughout all 81 provinces of Turkey. 1651 metropolitain and municipal majors as well as 21751 provincial and municipal councillors were elected for five years.

While the Justice and Development Party (AKP) still remained the strongest force in Turkey (nationwide the AKP-led alliances won 51, 6 % of the votes), it had lost its majority in several key cities, including Ankara and Istanbul, to the Republican People's Party (CHP). It is the first time in 25 years that the CHP won the mayoral seat in Turkey's capital, which had been ruled since 1994 by the AKP.

President Tayyip Erdogan’s Party (AKP)  demanded a recount in Istanbul. On Tuesday, 9 April, a member of Turkey’s High Election Board said that the request to recount all votes in 31 Istanbul districts had been rejected. On 17 April, Ekrem İmamoğlu of the CHP was named Istanbul mayor. The AKP applied for the Istanbul election to be cancelled and held again.  Turkey's Supreme Election Council (YSK) annulled the victory of Ekrem İmamoğlu in May. The new vote was held on 23 June. Imamoglu secured 54, 12% of votes, a far wider victory margin than his narrow win in March.

The decision to re-run the vote was criticised by Western allies and domestic opponents who said Turkey's democracy was under threat.

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Commentary and Analysis
Fairobserver, 02/04/2019: What Does Turkey’s Election Result Mean for Its Ruling Party? https://www.fairobserver.com/region/middle_east_north_africa/turkey-election-2019-result-analysis-erdogan-akp-chp-middle-east-news-17172/
The Guardian, 03/04/2019: Turkish democracy is the winner in these momentous local elections https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/03/turkey-democracy-local-elections-akp-erdogan
Euro|topics, April 2019: Local elections: a warning for Erdoğan? https://www.eurotopics.net/en/217611/local-elections-a-warning-for-erdogan?zitat=217682#zitat217682
Euro|topics, April 2019: Will the AKP accept its defeat in Istanbul? https://www.eurotopics.net/en/217846/will-the-akp-accept-its-defeat-in-istanbul
Euro|topics, April 2019: Erdoğan's party loses Istanbul https://www.eurotopics.net/en/218596/erdogan-s-party-loses-istanbul
Euro|topics, 06/05/2019: After its defeat AKP wants re-run of elections in Istanbul https://www.eurotopics.net/en/219380/after-its-defeat-akp-wants-re-run-of-elections-in-istanbul
Euro|topics, 08/05/2019: Rerun of mayoral election in Istanbul https://www.eurotopics.net/en/219474/rerun-of-mayoral-election-in-istanbul
Deutsche Welle, 24/06/2019: Opinion: Turkish democracy is still alive https://p.dw.com/p/3Ky7y
OSW: Analyses, 24/06/2019: Turkey: the opposition wins in Istanbul https://www.osw.waw.pl/en/publikacje/analyses/2019-06-24/turkey-opposition-wins-istanbul

European Views, 31/03/2019: Erdogan’s AKP Loses Turkey’s Capital Ankara to Opposition in Key Local Elections https://www.european-views.com/2019/03/erdogans-akp-loses-turkeys-capital-ankara-to-opposition-in-key-local-elections/
Politico, 01/04/2019: Erdoğan loses control of Ankara in Turkish elections https://www.politico.eu/article/recep-tayyip-erdogan-loses-control-ankara-turkish-elections/
BBC News, 02/04/2019: Turkey election: Erdogan disputes results in major cities https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-47785095
Hürriyet Daily News, 03/04/2019: Local Election Results http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/secim/31-mart-2019-yerel-secimleri/secim-sonuclari
Politico, 06/04/2019: EU official urges Turkey’s Erdoğan to respect election results https://www.politico.eu/article/timmermans-erdogan-turkey-eu-commission-vice-chief-urges-concede-election-defeat/
Deutsche Welle, 08/04/2019: Turkey's Erdogan decries vote 'theft' https://www.dw.com/en/turkeys-erdogan-decries-vote-theft/a-48253485
Reuters, 10/04/2019: Turkey's Erdogan calls for annulment of Istanbul election https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN1RM0CW
Hürriyet Daily News, 11/04/2019: AKP to seek new election in Istanbul http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/akp-wants-crystal-clear-results-of-istanbul-polls-142579
Deutsche Welle, 17/04/2019: Turkish opposition candidate confirmed winner of Istanbul mayoral race https://p.dw.com/p/3Gzli
Politico, 17/04/2019: Turkish opposition candidate named Istanbul mayor https://www.politico.eu/article/turkish-opposition-candidate-named-istanbul-mayor/
Politico, 06/05/2019: Turkish authorities cancel Istanbul mayoral election https://www.politico.eu/article/turkish-authorities-cancel-istanbul-mayoral-election/
Deutsche Welle, 06/05/2019: Istanbul mayoral vote to be held again, election officials rule https://p.dw.com/p/3I1et
EUObserver, 07/05/2019: Turkey election fiasco hits at 'heart' of EU relations https://euobserver.com/foreign/144824
Euronews, 07/05/2019: Turkey orders re-run of Istanbul election after Erdogan party defeat https://www.euronews.com/2019/05/06/turkey-orders-re-run-of-istanbul-election-after-erdogan-party-defeat
BBC News, 07/05/2019: Turkey election re-run angers victorious opposition https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-48177740
France24, 07/05/2019: Opposition chiefs talk strategy for Istanbul vote re-run https://www.france24.com/en/20190507-opposition-chiefs-talk-strategy-istanbul-vote-run
BBC News, 07/05/2019: Protests in Istanbul over election re-run https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-europe-48186387/protests-in-istanbul-over-election-re-run
Politico, 08/05/2019: Erdoğan’s Istanbul election gamble https://www.politico.eu/article/recep-tayyip-erdogan-istanbul-turkey-mayoral-election-gamble-ekrem-imamoglu/
Hurriyet Daily News, 03/06/2019: Local do-over elections reverse outcomes in Keskin and Kesmetepe http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/local-do-over-elections-reverse-outcomes-in-keskin-and-kesmetepe-143914
Politico, 23/06/2019: Erdoğan’s party to lose rerun Istanbul election https://www.politico.eu/article/recep-tayyip-erdogan-party-to-lose-rerun-istanbul-turkey-election/
Reuters, 24/06/2019: Turkey's opposition strikes blow to Erdogan with Istanbul mayoral win https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKKCN1TP048
EurActiv, 24/06/2019: Erdogan suffers biggest defeat since AKP foundation https://www.euractiv.com/section/global-europe/news/erdogan-suffers-biggest-defeat-since-akp-foundation/
EUObserver, 24/06/2019: Erdogan blow as opposition wins Istanbul re-run https://euobserver.com/tickers/145244

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