Turkish court sentences Erdogan rival to jail

STORY: The ruling, set to go to an appeal, comes just six months ahead of scheduled presidential and parliamentary elections, in which Imamoglu has been mooted as a potential strong challenger to Erdogan. A main opposition presidential candidate has not yet been chosen.

Imamoglu, from the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), was tried over a speech after 2019 local elections in Istanbul when he said those who annulled the vote were "fools." The charge carried a maximum prison sentence of four years.