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Istanbul and Hong Kong – a double victory for democracy

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25.06.2019

For friends of the free world order, it is the second victory within days. First, the mass protests in Hong Kong showed Beijing's President Xi his limits. And now, exactly one week later, the citizens of Istanbul have also taught Turkish leader Erdogan,a lesson in democracy. The opposition candidate, Ekrem Imamoglu, was elected as new mayor of the metropolis of 15 million by almost 800,000 votes.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan himself was once mayor of the city on the Bosporus. The "Sultan," as his supporters call him, was not happy with the result of the March 31 election. At that time, Imamoglu had already beaten the candidate from Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) by almost 20,000 votes. The AKP forced an election rerun.

There followed a volley of criticism from all over the free world. But even the Turks themselves did not want to put up with this. Tens of thousands interrupted their summer holidays and returned to Istanbul to vote. Imamoglu's now immense lead speaks volumes.

The new mayor of Istanbul, Ekrem Imamoglu.

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