Sunday's election deals crushing blow to Erdoğan - Western media
The mayoral revote in Istanbul on Sunday, which saw main opposition candidate Ekrem İmamoğlu achieve a landslide victory with over 700,000 more votes than his opponent, is a strong blow to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, a number of Western news outlets reported.
İmamoğlu increased his support by 6 percent on Sunday compared to the March 31 election, winning 54 percent of the votes in Turkey's largest city.
What is being labelled as a crushing defeat for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) leader Erdoğan, the Istanbul revote was covered extensively in foreign media.
The New York Times ran the headline, “Turkey’s President Looks Headed for Stinging Defeat in Istanbul Election Redo,” calling the election the biggest defeat of Erdoğan’s political career.
Washington Post’s headline said, “Opposition candidate wins in do-over of Istanbul’s mayoral race, dealing setback to Erdogan’s ruling party” and called İmamoğlu’s win "a potent sign that Erdogan’s political fortunes may have ebbed".
The Guardian called the vote an “embarrassment for president as AKP lose Istanbul to CHP’s Ekrem Imamoglu.”
The Financial Times used the harshest wording, saying that Erdoğan’s gamble “backfired spectacularly,” while referring to the Turkish president's famous quote “Losing Istanbul means losing Turkey.” The “second defeat will come as a crushing blow for Mr. Erdoğan,” it said.
Reuters news agency, targeted by Ankara for their coverage of Turkey, said the second defeat would weaken Erdoğan's apparent iron grip on power.