A win for pluralistic democracy in Turkey

International | Opposition candidate emerges victorious in do-over mayoral election in Istanbul
by Mindy Belz
Posted 6/24/19, 01:25 pm

TURKEY: In a controversial rerun of Istanbul’s mayoral election, opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu won again, potentially breaking the 25-year dominance of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose Islamist Justice and Development Party rose to power after his stint as Istanbul’s mayor.

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Trump and Kim exchange letters

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/24/19, 11:25 am

President Donald Trump plans to visit South Korea on Saturday after exchanging letters with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump will begin the two-day visit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Moon spokesman Ko Min-jung said.

On Sunday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed Trump sent a letter to Kim, adding that “correspondence between the two leaders has been ongoing.” The North Korean Central News Agency said Kim received the “excellent letter and “he would seriously contemplate the interesting content.”

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Erdogan’s party loses again in Istanbul race

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/24/19, 11:18 am

Turkey’s opposition party won in a do-over election Sunday for Istanbul’s mayoral seat, signifying a major defeat for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party. Ekrem Imamoglu from the Republican People’s Party secured 54 percent of the votes. Former Prime Minister Binali Yildirim from the ruling Islamist Justice and Development Party emerged with 45 percent, according to initial results.

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