Turkeys ruling party has suffered major setbacks in local elections, losing control of the capital and potentially also Istanbul.
According to unofficial results, the ruling party lost the capital, Ankara.
The head of Turkeys electoral board said the opposition was also leading in Istanbul by nearly 28,000 votes.
Sundays local elections were widely seen as a test of support for Erdogan as the nation of 81 million people faces a daunting economic recession with double-digit inflation, rising food prices and high unemployment.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared victory in the elections, but the oppositions success in key cities dealt a significant blow to his partys dominance.
Ballot counts were still under way this morning in an anxious wait for Istanbul, Turkeys largest city and commercial hub.
Both candidates – Ekrem Imamoglu for the secular Republican Peoples Party, or CHP, and former prime minister Binali Yildirim for the ruling party – claimed they had won.
Electoral board head Sadi Guven said votes were still being counted and objections taken into account.
The opposition has accused the state-run Anadolu news agency of bias in reporting ballot counts, and the agencys unofficial results for Istanbul were stuck at 98 per cent of votes counted for hours.
The mayors seat in the city of 15 million is hugely important. Erdogans own ascent to power began there in 1994.
He has been quoted at rallies saying: Whoever wins Istanbul, wins Turkey.
The main opposition party winning the race for metropolitan mayor in Ankara marks a symbolic shift.
The capital city was held by Erdogans Justice and Development Party, the AKP, and its Islamic-oriented predecessor for 25 years.
Unofficial results reported by Anadolu showed Mansur Yavas, the candidate of the CHP, winning the top post in Ankara. The AKP still holds a majority of Ankaras 25 districts.
The government had led a hostile campaign against Yavas and his party, accusing him of forgery and tax evasion.
More than 57 million voters were eligible to take part in choosing the mayors of 30 major cities, 51 provincial capitals and 922 districts in Turkey.
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