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Just when it seemed that democracy was all but dead in Turkey, voters delivered a sharp electoral rebuke to their authoritar­ian president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Unofficial results in municipal elections over the weekend show that Mr. Erdogan and his Justice and Developmen­t Party lost control of Ankara, the capital, and Istanbul, the financial center and launching pad for Mr. Erdogan’s political career.

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