Turkish foreign minister says Turkey will honor deal to purchase S-400s

Turkish foreign minister says Turkey will honor deal to purchase S-400s

Turkish foreign minister says Turkey will honor deal to purchase S-400s

Turks are heading to the ballot boxes in a local election that could see President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party losing control of the capital Ankara, and even Istanbul, according to polls.

A clear picture of the winners will probably emerge around midnight.

The vote was the first time since 2002 that the AKP is fielding candidates with its alliance partner, the rightwing Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).

"Our economy is getting worse and worse because of their (government) bad management", said Erdem an engineer, speaking before voting in Istanbul, "most of my friends are now looking for a job and some my friends lose their job because of economic crisis".

The president is not on the ballot himself, but he has campaigned tirelessly over the last few weeks in an attempt to draw attention away from the economy.

The opposition is wary of the state-funded but notoriously pro-Erdogan Anadolu Agency (AA) as the sole source of the vote counting with no other independent national competitor remaining in the media field due to an ongoing, years-long crackdown on privately-held and opposition-leaning networks.

With nearly 90 percent of votes counted, the mayoral candidate of the secularist opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Mansur Yavas, had secured 50.3 percent, giving him a 2.8 percentage points lead over his AKP rival.

The opposition also hopes dissatisfaction at inflation and rising unemployment will be enough to dissuade working-class AKP voters from turning out in other cities.

"The world has to see that one imposing its will to another is not valid anymore", he said, referring to the US warning against Turkey in the case of receiving Russian air defense systems. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World. "But maybe we're bored of change as well".

Last year, Turkey launched a military operation against the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin in the north of Aleppo province in Syria, fighting the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which constitute a part of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

The second-largest opposition party in parliament, the pro-Kurdish HDP, opted to sit out significant municipal races beyond its stronghold in the southeast.

On Sunday, the Felicity party leader, Temel Karamollaoğlu, tweeted that two party members, a polling station volunteer and a party observer, were killed in eastern Malatya province by AKP voters. Unofficial final results were expected today.

For his supporters, Erdogan remains the strong leader they believe Turkey needs and they tout the country's economic development over the years he and the AKP have been in power.

"Before, there were no services, no rubbish collection, we didn't have insurance to visit the hospital".

'This bill makes it clear that NATO's integrity, interoperability, and security is a top foreign policy concern across all branches of the USA government, ' the senators said.

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