January 10, 2014

A Race for More than the Mayor of Istanbul

Tim Arango, New York Times

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The capital of Turkey may be Ankara, but the beating heart of the country is Istanbul. Now that a corruption scandal has engulfed the prime minister’s inner circle and imperiled Mr. Erdogan’s hold on power, the spotlight is shifting to the coming race for mayor. The contest will be held in March, and Mr. Erdogan’s secular and liberal opponents have increasingly looked to the election as the first step in challenging him at the ballot box.

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