Kick a Megalomaniac Monday


Could İmamoğlu be Turkey’s next president?

Turkey’s opposition has dealt President Tayyip Erdogan a stinging blow by winning control of Istanbul in a re-run mayoral election, breaking his aura of invincibility and delivering a message from voters unhappy over his policies.

Ekrem Imamoglu of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) had secured more than 54% of votes, with nearly all ballots opened, Turkish broadcasters said – a far wider victory margin than his narrow win three months ago.

The previous result was annulled after protests from Erdogan’s Islamist-rooted AK Party, which said there had been widespread voting irregularities. The decision to re-run the vote was criticized by Western allies and caused uproar among domestic opponents who said Turkey’s democracy was under threat.

On Sunday, tens of thousands of Imamoglu supporters celebrated in the streets of Istanbul after the former businessman triumphed over Erdogan’s handpicked candidate by almost 800,000 votes.

“In this city today, you have fixed democracy. Thank you Istanbul,” Imamoglu told supporters who made heart signs with their hands, in an expression of the inclusive election rhetoric that has been the hallmark of his campaigning.

“We came to embrace everyone,” Imamoglu said. “We will build democracy in this city, we will build justice. In this beautiful city, I promise, we will build the future.”

Humeyra Pamuk, Jonathan Spicer @ REUTERS

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9 Responses to Kick a Megalomaniac Monday

  1. Den says:

    Listen close, you can hear Erdogan’s knees knocking, scared of being relinquished to the dumpster of time. Tsk, tsk, tsk.


  2. Carol says:

    That was a bit of good news in this world taken over by people like Erdogan. Just a mayor, but still.

    I’d like to see all those jerks in Poland, Hungary and Brazil, etc., that are like our Trump kicked back out before I die. Probably never happen though. At least Trump should be gone soon.


  3. Carol says:

    Like I said, RVs are constant trouble. Always something to repair.


  4. David B. Benson says:

    Definitely Mrs. Flicker.


  5. David B. Benson says:

    A cottentail, a magpie, another rabbit. Just 42 minutes to the Birch & Barley.


  6. Carol says:

    Darn, I may have caught something. The tops of my tonsils, a path across the center of my tongue and my head hurt. Hope It’s gone in the morning, Jill and Brian invited me out to lunch. Would hate to miss a meal I didn’t have to cook.

    Blood pressure back to normal, a little lower here and there, but not as low as the other day. I’ll probably live.


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