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Never in my adult life have I seen Turkey’s opposition — fragmented, bitter and colossally self-obsessed — put on an election show of the kind I watched last night, especially in Istanbul and Ankara.

Please indulge me with a brief thread as I explain why. #TurkeyVotes
I saw ample evidence of solidarity, resilience and strategic planning, and these are phrases most seasoned observers of Turkish politics would never attach to parties other than the one that has been in government since 2002. They just aren’t qualities you see in the opposition.
There was solidarity: Turkey’s opposition parties worked together to confront electoral scales massively tipped against them. Sometimes, this was in a formal deal, like the CHP-IYI alliance. In others, it was by not tearing lumps out of each other — esp with the pro-Kurdish HDP.
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#Breaking: Just in - Turkish president Erdogan's party the #AKP has lost in #Istanbul! And The party leader of #CHP, Kemal #Kılıçdaroğlu has declared his victory. #TurkeyVotes

The CHP party has won in major key cities in Turkey.

#Update: To give a perspective the #AKP party has won every mayoral election in over 45 years in #Istanbul in #Turkey... This is a huge blow to Turkish president Erdogan's party.
#Update: Ekrem İmamoğlu the new Mayor of the party #CHP in #Istanbul, is considered to be an major victory according to LGBT groups and feminists in #Turkey for equality and freedoms. #TurkeyVotes
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