A giant election poster for Turkish local elections bearing a picture of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and reading "Istanbul is a love story for us" covers the facade of a building on March 26, 2019 in Istanbul.  / AFP / Ozan KOSE
A poster of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the upcoming Turkish local elections hangs in Istanbul, reading "Istanbul is a love story for us". AFP

Why are Turkey's upcoming local elections important for Erdogan?