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Istanbul mayor challenges AKP government on visit to Erdogan’s home province

Ekrem Imamoglu of the Republican People’s Party took his campaign to Rize on the Black Sea coast during the Eid al-Fitr holiday.
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ISTANBUL — The opposition mayor of Istanbul has stirred up controversy during the Ramadan holiday with a visit to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s home province on the Black Sea coast. 

Ekrem Imamoglu, who won a landslide victory for the Republican People’s Party (CHP) in 2019, was greeted by cheering crowds as he arrived in Rize for the Eid al-Fitr break. 

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