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Erdogan Competition in Istanbul sentenced to Eight years in Prison

An opposition party says its Istanbul leader has been sentenced to eight years in prison for offences such as insulting Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Canan Kaftancioglu, who heads the Republican People’s Party (CHP) from town, was given a sentence of eight decades.

The indictment from Kaftancioglu cited a few tweets she shared between 2012 and 2017.

She had been detained for many offences which have to insult the president and dispersing terrorist propaganda.

AKP’s candidate lost the race to function as Istanbul’s mayor after elections in March ahead of the electoral board annulled the outcome.

CHP’s Ekrem İmamoğlu subsequently won the re-run, now with a wider margin, 54 % to 45%.