The politician is a key opposition figure who helped deliver a stunning victory for colleague Ekrem Imamoglu in Istanbul's mayoral election
How is Erdogan going to react?
The general sentiment among the opposition voters is that Imamoglu will win again by an even bigger margin
Tevfik Göksu was referring to the Pontic Greeks who traditionally lived in the region of Pontus until they were ethnically cleansed by Turkey before the 1923 population exchange
The loss is especially hard for Erdogan who launched his political career in Constantinople as mayor in the 1990s
He ran a unifying and conciliatory campaign against his opponent backed by Erdogan