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No time for rest as Turkey's Justice March reaches Istanbul

The Turkish opposition's Justice March has ended in a triumphant rally of over a million people, but can Kilicdaroglu leverage the march into a coalition broad enough to challenge the Justice and Development Party in the 2019 elections?
Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), speaks during a rally to mark the end of his 25-day long protest, dubbed "Justice March", against the detention of the party's lawmaker Enis Berberoglu, in Istanbul, Turkey July 9, 2017. REUTERS/Umit Bektas - RTX3AQZT

Turkey’s Justice March, led by the main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu, crescendoed on its 25th day in the Istanbul suburb of Maltepe with a mass rally that drew well over a million people protesting authoritarian rule in the country.

In his address to the crowds assembled at the Sea of Marmara, where his nemesis, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has stumped many times, Kilicdaroglu called his grueling 432-kilometer march from the capital, Ankara, “our first step” and a “rebirth.”

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