Mayor of Turkey’s capital next from leader’s party to resign

FILE – In this Thursday, June 15, 2006 file photo, Ankara Mayor Melih Gokcek poses with a bouquet of French rose named ” Boticelli” in the garden of French embassy in Ankara. The mayor of Turkey’s capital says he is resigning, apparently succumbing to weeks of pressure from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Ankara Mayor Melih Gokcek announced after a meeting with Erdogan on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 that he would step down Saturday. Gokcek is the fifth elected mayor from Erdogan’s party to leave office under pressure from the president. (AP Photo, file)

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