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Justice and Development Party (Turkey)

Conservative political party in Turkey

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Justice and Development Party (Turkey): Conservative political party in Turkey
The Justice and Development Party, abbreviated officially AK Parti in Turkish, is a conservative political party in Turkey. Developed from the conservative tradition of Turkey's Ottoman past and its Islamic identity, the party is the largest in Turkey. Founded in 2001 by members of a number of existing conservative parties, the party has won pluralities in the six most recent legislative elections, those of 2002, 2007, 2011, June 2015, November 2015, and 2018. The party held a majority of seats for 13 years, but lost it in June 2015, only to regain it in the snap election of November 2015 but then lose it again in 2018. Its past electoral success has been mirrored in the three local elections held since the party's establishment, coming first in 2004, 2009 and 2014 respectively. However, the party lost most of Turkey's biggest cities including Istanbul and Ankara in 2019 local elections, which has been attributed to the Turkish economic crisis, rising authoritarianism as well as alleged government inaction on the Syrian refugee crisis. The current party leader is Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the incumbent President of Turkey.

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Former Turkish PM breaks ties with Erdogan, ruling AK Party

Turkey's former prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu, once President Tayyip Erdogan's closest ally, said on Friday he resigned from the ruling AK Party and again criticized its ability to govern, though he..
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Former Erdogan ally to form rival party before year-end: paper

Former Turkish deputy prime minister Ali Babacan will form a new political party before the end of the year to challenge President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party, announcing his intentions in a newspaper..
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Turkey ruling party seeks ejection of former PM: official

Turkey's ruling AK Party wants to eject former prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu and three other lawmakers, a senior official said on Monday, amid talk of a possible new breakaway movement.
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Former Erdogan ally resigns from AK Party, hints at rival party

Former Turkish deputy prime minister Ali Babacan said on Monday he was resigning from President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party over "deep differences" with the party's direction and said that Turkey needed..
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Former Erdogan ally Babacan resigns from ruling AK Party

Former Turkish deputy prime minister Ali Babacan said on Monday he was resigning from President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party over "deep differences" with the party's direction and said that Turkey needed..
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Former Turkish PM Davutoglu slams Erdogan's AKP after Istanbul defeat

A former Turkish prime minister and close ally of President Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday harshly criticized the ruling AK Party after a stinging electoral defeat in Istanbul last week that was widely..
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Turkey's AK Party candidate says opposition leading Istanbul vote count

Turkey's AK Party candidate for Istanbul mayor Binali Yildirim said on Sunday his opposition rival Ekrem Imamoglu was ahead for now, offering his congratulations and saying he hoped Imamoglu would..
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Turkey's opposition leads based on initial results in Istanbul re-run

Turkey's main opposition was leading with 53.6% of votes versus 45.4% for President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party in Istanbul's high-stakes re-run mayoral election, with nearly 95% of the city's ballots..
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Pro-Kurd party clashes with Erdogan ahead of high-stakes Istanbul vote

Pro-Kurdish political leaders accused Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday of trying to sow discord among Kurds ahead of a re-run of an Istanbul election on Sunday that is seen as a crucial test..
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Erdogan's chief antagonist seeks a lasting victory in Istanbul

Three months ago Ekrem Imamoglu was a little-known politician in a fringe Istanbul district who was attempting the near-impossible: to unseat Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AK Party from..
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Explainer: What is at stake in Istanbul's election re-run?

Voters in Istanbul will head back to the polls on Sunday to choose a mayor, after Turkey's election authority scrapped the results of a March vote in which President Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AK Party..
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Tired of treading softly, Turkey's Erdogan back on election warpath

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has gone on the warpath against the main opposition days ahead of a re-run of a mayoral vote in Istanbul, scrapping plans to avoid divisive rhetoric that some officials..
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Mayoral rivals to hold Turkey's first TV debate in nearly two decades

Istanbul's ousted main opposition mayor Ekrem Imamoglu and his AK Party rival Binali Yildirim will hold a televised debate on June 16, party officials said on Monday, in what will be the first debate..
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Opinion polls show ousted Istanbul mayor leading ahead of re-run vote

Istanbul's ousted opposition mayor is leading President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party candidate by three percentage points ahead of next month's re-run mayoral election, according to an opinion poll..
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Turkey's AK Party says nothing wrong with intelligence meetings with Syria despite tensions

The AK Party of President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday there was nothing wrong with Turkey's intelligence agency meeting Syrian counterparts to prevent conflict - even though Ankara has backed..
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Istanbul's ousted mayor says billions wasted under Erdogan's AKP

President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party spent 80 million lira ($13 million) in three years on an Istanbul city website, the ousted opposition mayor said on Wednesday, part of what he said was a wider..
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Turkish opposition: Erdogan's mandate must also be revoked if Istanbul poll annulled

Turkey's main opposition party said on Wednesday it had formally requested the annulment of President Tayyip Erdogan's mandate because the same flaws his AK Party alleged in the city's March 31 mayoral..
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Former Turkish PM to run again for AKP in Istanbul: Erdogan

Former Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim will again be the ruling AK Party's candidate in next month's re-run of the Istanbul mayoral election, President Tayyip Erdogan told reporters on Tuesday.
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Turkey to re-run Istanbul election lost by Erdogan's AKP

Turkish authorities on Monday scrapped the result of a vote for Istanbul mayor lost by President Tayyip Erdogan's candidate, responding to calls by his AK Party for a re-run, in a move that hit the..
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Istanbul election annulled due to unsigned documents, unsuitable ballot box officials: AK Party's election board representative

The High Election Board (YSK) decided to re-run the mayoral election in Istanbul because of unsigned result documents and some ballot box officials not being civil servants, the ruling AK Party's..
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Re-run of Istanbul election set for June 23: AK Party

A representative for Turkey's ruling AK Party (AKP) said on Monday the country's High Election Board has set June 23 for a re-run of local elections in Istanbul.
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Turkey's election board begins evaluating Istanbul re-run appeal

Turkey's High Election Board started evaluating on Monday an appeal by President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party to annul and re-run elections in Istanbul that saw the opposition win control of the country's..
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Turkey to rule on Istanbul election re-run appeal on Monday: AKP candidate

A ruling on an appeal by President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party (AKP) calling for a re-run of the Istanbul local elections will be made on Monday by the High Election Board, the AKP's mayoral candidate in..
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Istanbul election results divide Erdogan and nationalist allies

A month after local elections which saw it lose control of Turkey's two largest cities, officials in President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party are questioning an alliance with nationalists which some blame..
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Turkey's AK Party: U.S. move against Muslim Brotherhood would damage democracy in Middle East

The spokesman for Turkey's ruling AK Party said on Tuesday that if the United States designated the Muslim Brotherhood a foreign terrorist organization, it would hamper democratization efforts in the..
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Turkey detains nine people over attack on main opposition leader

Turkey has arrested nine people, including a member of the ruling AK Party, after the country's main opposition leader was punched and his car was stoned at a soldier's funeral at the weekend, the..
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Former Turkish PM says alliance politics harmed Erdogan's AK Party

Former Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday the alliance of President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party with nationalists had harmed the AKP, in a statement criticizing the party's policies..
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Erdogan's AKP lodges second call for rerun of Istanbul election: Anadolu

Turkey's ruling AK Party submitted a second petition to cancel and re-run Istanbul elections it lost three weeks ago, citing thousands of ballots cast by people it said were ineligible to vote due to..
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Erdogan says to keep up election challenge but Turkey must move on

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday his AK Party would keep up its challenge to the Istanbul election results after the main opposition candidate became mayor, but Turkey needed to end debate on..
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Turkish opposition takes control of Istanbul, re-run appeal still pending

Turkey's main opposition candidate took office as Istanbul mayor on Wednesday after a stunning victory over President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party, but the new head of the country's largest city still..
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Appeals spark frustration as Istanbul vote count enters third week

Turkey's High Election Board overturned a local decision to order a second recount of votes in an Istanbul district on Monday, rejecting the latest appeal by President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party against..
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Re-run of Istanbul elections would eliminate doubts: Turkish minister

Conducting another election in Istanbul would eliminate doubts over the March 31 results, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Tuesday, hours after the ruling AK Party said it would appeal..
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Erdogan's AKP to seek fresh vote in Istanbul, citing irregularities

President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party (AKP) will demand a new vote in Istanbul, a senior party official said on Tuesday after its bid was rejected for a citywide recount of March 31 election results that..
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Erdogan's AKP says doubt will remain unless Istanbul votes again

Doubt over local election results in Istanbul will remain if Turkey's High Election Board (YSK) rejects an appeal by President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party (AKP) to renew elections in the city, a party..
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Turkey's ruling AK Party to seek new Istanbul election

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AK Party will demand a new vote in Istanbul after local elections held nine days ago, on grounds that irregularities in voting directly affected the outcome, a..
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Turkish election board rejects recount call in 31 Istanbul districts

Turkey's High Election Board has rejected a request by President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party to recount all votes in 31 Istanbul districts, a board member said on Tuesday, but his party vowed to..
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Erdogan's AK Party to seek recount of all Istanbul votes

President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party is seeking a full recount of all votes cast in local elections in Istanbul, a senior party official said on Sunday, a week after initial results showed a narrow..
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Turkish opposition says it's leading after half Istanbul ballots recounted

Turkey's main opposition party said on Saturday its candidate for mayor of Istanbul retained his narrow lead over President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party candidate after recounts in nearly half of the..
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Factbox: Election appeals that could decide Turkey's election

Turkey's AK Party has filed objections to initial results of Sunday's local elections in all districts of Istanbul and Ankara, after they showed narrow victories for the main opposition Republican..
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Election board rejects AKP bid to annul Istanbul district vote: official

The Istanbul election board has rejected a bid by Turkey's ruling AK Party to annul the local election in the city's Buyukcekmece district, an AKP official told Reuters on Friday, after the opposition..
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