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US Ambassador to Russia refuter resignation rumors.

ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, who is currently in the United States, on Friday denied Russian media reports that he would leave his post by the end of this year.

"I came to Stanford [in California] only for a vacation. I'm returning to Moscow next week," the ambassador said in a Russian-language Twitter message.

US officials said earlier in the day that the rumors were untrue. (Cihan/Ria Novosti)

Istanbul mayoral hopeful SarygE-l decorated with CHP badge

Popular E[currency]iE-li mayor and possible candidate for ystanbul in next year's municipal election was decorated with the badge of main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) on Saturday.

Mustafa SarygE-l, who was expelled from the party in 2005, joined the party last week.

In a ceremony in CHP headquarters in Ankara, where Turkey Change Movement and CHP members attended, Kylycdaroy-lu pinned the party badge on SarygE-l.

SarygE-l's return to the party is expected to boost its chances of winning the ystanbul municipal race, the most important and competitive seat in next year's election.

SarygE-l, whose name has been mentioned in connection with the ystanbul mayoral post for years, was expelled from the party in the past. To run on behalf of the CHP, SarygE-l first needed to rejoin the party, which required the removal of the disciplinary action that led to his expulsion from the party for defying then-party leader Deniz Baykal. The party assembly approved his return last Sunday.

SarygE-l had earlier signaled his possible candidacy but has yet to officially announce that he will run for ystanbul mayor. Observers believe that SarygE-l's candidacy will make it harder for the incumbent Justice and Development Party (AK Party) to be re-elected, but AK Party officials have dismissed claims that the ruling party could lose to SarygE-l.

Last month, Kylycdaroy-lu said according to surveys conducted by his party, SarygE-l seems to be the favored candidate to run for the mayor of ystanbul in the next local elections. (Cihan/Today's Zaman)

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