2014 local election

Can Mansur Yavaş win in Ankara?

Four central districts and Turkey’s nationalist voters will define the battle for the country’s capital Can he do it? Commentators and what’s left of...

CHP’s Izmir is safe

The governing AK Party will not win Turkey's third largest city - and they've only got themselves to blame...

The curious case of Ankara’s ironic posters

Fake posters attacking Ankara's main opposition candidate reveal even more skullduggery in a Turkish election campaign...

An MHP car crash – including Manisa?

This website predicts the Turkish nationalists will lose Manisa; the party seriously risks losing all their other big councils, too. This morning, James in Turkey predicted the...

The cities that could go at the next election

Outside the biggest cities, wider boundaries and electoral maths suggests Turkey's governing AK party has some vulnerabilities...

MHP ahead in Adana after Durak pulls out

A popular candidate withdraws in favour of the incumbent party - but his name stays on the ballot...

Building the Büyükşehirs

In 2012, AK Party government passed a law that changed local government for three quarters of Turkish residents. People in the biggest cities won’t notice much difference,...

Understanding the İl Genel Meclisi

Turkey operates two parallel systems of local government, making it appear labyrinthine even to most ordinary voters. The İl Genel Meclisi (special provincial authority) is the...

Seventh time lucky for Durak?

The mayoral race in Turkey's fifth city, Adana, just got interesting...

What to expect in Turkey’s local election?

Forget the Erdoğan/Gülen melodrama for a moment: 2009 offers a far better crib sheet for Turks might vote in March...