Turkey is holding a re-run of the mayoral election in Istanbul this Sunday, after the Supreme Election Council (YSK) ordered a rerun of the March 31 Istanbul polls over appeals filed by the country's governing AK Party.
People living in Turkey's Kurdish-majority east and southeast regions played an important role in Erdogan’s victory in Turkey's elections. Erdogan and his AK Party have increased their vote share in the region during the past three years.
With less than a day till the 2018 presidential and general elections in Turkey, here's a look at the political parties running, and their political inclinations.
Turkey's political discourse has markedly changed from previous elections. The need to gather a popular majority for a presidential candidate is forcing parties to broaden their appeal with more inclusive messaging.
Selahattin Demirtas, the co-leader of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), was arrested on November 4, 2016 for allegedly failing to cooperate in a counterterrorism investigation.
In November, 13 HDP lawmakers were arrested including HDP co-leaders Figen Yuksekdag and Selahattin Demirtas on terrorism-related charges.
Selahattin Demirtas is being charged with "establishing an organisation with the goal of committing a crime" in relation to a speech he gave in 2013.
Party co-leaders Figen Yuksekdag and Selahattin Demirtas and parliamentary group leader Idris Baluken were among 12 deputies arrested by police.
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