Turkey’s ruling party cuts deal with nationalist MHP on mayoral races

Source:al Monitor Date:29Nov2018

The move is a bid to consolidate the right-of-center vote ahead of polls in which the AKP could suffer significant losses owing to the failing economy and a falling approval rating for the president.

Word here in the capital is that (AKP candidate for Istanbul) Mr. Binali Yildirim does not want the job. Earlier this month he criticized the way his name was being bandied about as the candidate for Istanbul, a city currently in AKP hands.