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Celebration Turns Tragic as Deputy Leader of Turkey's Main Opposition Party Dies in Fall

In a tragic accident, Mehmet Palaz, the district deputy leader of the Republican People's Party (CHP), Turkey's main opposition party, has died.
The incident occurred while Palaz and his colleagues were celebrating the victory of Kadir Tatik, their mayoral candidate in the town of Tavas, Denizli, who won by a significant margin. The balcony on which they were standing collapsed under their weight, leading to Palaz's death from a critical head injury and injuring eight other party members. Mehmet Palaz later succumbed to his injuries at Pamukkale University Hospital.

This incident casts a shadow over the CHP's significant electoral victories across Turkey, where the party won in most major cities. The election results were viewed as a major blow to the ruling party led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, especially given the loss of key cities like Ankara and Istanbul. In Istanbul, opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu secured more than 50% of the votes, marking his second victory against Erdogan's campaign efforts since 2019.

Erdogan, who has been in power for 21 years, acknowledged the election results did not go as hoped, marking the first nationwide electoral defeat for his party. Speaking in Ankara, he told his supporters that the outcome represents "not the end, but a turning point for us." The tragedy of Mehmet Palaz's death amidst the CHP's electoral celebrations highlights the bittersweet nature of political triumph and loss.
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