With the start of Türkiye’s local elections… victims and injured in acts of violence

At least one Turkish citizen died and others were injured as a result of an outbreak of violence in one of the electoral committees in Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey, with the start of the local elections.

A Turkish official said that clashes broke out between two groups during the elections, resulting in the death of one person and the injury of 12 others, noting that these incidents occurred in a village 30 kilometers from the provincial capital.

On Sunday, the 61 million Turkish voters began voting to choose their mayors in elections that constitute a test for the administration of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is determined to restore Istanbul after the 2019 defeat.

The first polling stations opened at 07:00 in eastern Turkey, then an hour later in the west, in Istanbul and Ankara.

Erdogan (70 years old) threw all his weight into the election campaign, touring the country with a population of 85 million alongside the candidates of the Justice and Development Party, which he leads, and holding election festivals at a pace that sometimes reached 4 festivals a day.

He personally fought his candidate for Istanbul, Murat Kurum, an unpopular former minister who often appears in his banners alongside the president.

Through these elections, Erdogan seeks to avenge the insult he suffered when his party was defeated in 2019 by the outgoing mayor, Ekrem Imamoglu, in the country’s economic capital, one of his party’s most prominent strongholds.

Observers believe that if Akram Imamoglu is re-elected, this will earn him points in the 2028 presidential elections.

On Saturday, the day before the elections, Erdogan held three election rallies in Istanbul, the former Constantinople, which he describes as “the jewel, the treasure, the apple of our nation’s eye,” and whose mayor he was in the 1990s before becoming president of Turkey.

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