Verdict expected in case against potential Erdogan contender

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An Istanbul court is expected to rule on Wednesday in a case against Istanbul’s opposition party mayor Ekrem Imamoglu over allegedly insulting state officials in a 2019 speech, an aide to the mayor told dpa. Imamoglu, from the main opposition Republican People’s Party’s (CHP), is seen as a potential challenger to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the parliamentary and presidential elections scheduled for 2023. The verdict would come weeks after a prison sentence and a political ban against CHP’s Istanbul party leader Canan Kaftancıoğlu, a key aide to Imamoglu. Prosecutors are seeking up to fou…

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