Erdogan said somewhere "If we lose Istanbul we lose Turkey". 20% of Turkey's population lives there. It's the economic center.
It gave him his start at power when he became Istanbul mayor in the 90ies.
His party (AKP) lost to an opposition party. After many recounts and a not so close vote (13,000 votes over for the CHP) and allegations of fraud a revote was decided.
Erdogan is for democracy, only if you vote for him.
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12 May 2019