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Erdogan loses capital in Turkish elections

Turkeys ruling party has suffered major setbacks in local elections, losing control of the capital a..

By admin , in World News , at April 1, 2019

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.

TOPSHOT - Supporters of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) wave flags and light up torches to celebrate the local election in Istanbul, Turkey on 1 April 2019. (Photo by Yasin AKGUL / AFP)YASIN AKGUL/AFP/Getty Images

Supporters of the main opposition Republican Peoples Party (CHP) wave flags and light up torches to celebrate the local election in Istanbul (Picture: Getty)

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, meets with supporters after casting his ballot during local elections, in Istanbul, Sunday, March 31, 2019. Turkish citizens have begun casting votes in municipal elections for mayors, local assembly representatives and neighbourhood or village administrators that are seen as a barometer of Erdogan's popularity amid a sharp economic downturn.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Turkeys President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, meets with supporters after casting his ballot during local elections (Picture: AP)

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.

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Ballot counts were still under way this morning in an anxious wait for Istanbul, Turkeys largest city and commercial hub.

Supporters of opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) celebrate after early results for Ankara mayor in local election in Ankara, on March 31, 2019. - Turkey's President said on March 31 his ruling AKP would "correct its shortcomings" after the party appeared set to lose power in the capital Ankara and faced a dead heat over Istanbul in local elections. (Photo by Adem ALTAN / AFP)ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images

Supporters of opposition Republican Peoples Party (CHP) celebrate after early results for Ankara (Picture: Getty)

Republican People's Party (CHP) supporters celebrate after the announcement of the results of the Istanbul mayor election on April 1, 2019 in Istanbul. - Turkey's opposition candidate for Istanbul mayor Ekrem Imamoglu leads by nearly 28,000 votes after the weekend local election, Supreme Election Board (YSK) chairman Sadi Guven said on April 1. (Photo by Yasin AKGUL / AFP)YASIN AKGUL/AFP/Getty Images

Istanbul mayor candidate Ekrem Imamoglu leads by nearly 28,000 votes after the weekend local election (Picture: Getty)

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.

ANKARA, TURKEY - APRIL 01: President of Turkey and leader of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine Erdogan greet the crowd from the balcony of AK Party's Headquarters in Ankara, Turkey on April 01, 2019. (Photo by Aytac Unal/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine Erdogan greet the crowd from the balcony of AK Partys Headquarters in Ankara (Picture: Getty)

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.

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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.

TOPSHOT - Supporters of Justice and development party (AKP) wave, from a car, a flag picturing Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan as they celebrate during a rally near the headquarters of the conservative AKP party on March 31, 2019 in Istanbul after the non-definitive results of the local elections to elect the mayors for 30 large metropolitan cities, 51 provincial capitals and 922 districts. (Photo by Ozan KOSE / AFP)OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images

Supporters of Justice and development party (AKP) wave, from a car, a flag picturing Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan as they celebrate during a rally in Istanbul after the non-definitive results of the local elections (Picture: Getty)

TOPSHOT - A Supporter of Justice and development party (AKP) reacts during Turkish president's speech near the headquarters of the conservative Justice and Development Party (AKP) on March 31, 2019 in Istanbul after the first results of the local elections. - Turkey's President said on March 31 his ruling AKP would "correct its shortcomings" after the party appeared set to lose power in the capital Ankara and faced a dead heat over Istanbul in local elections. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP)OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images

A Supporter of Justice and development party (AKP) reacts during Turkish presidents speech (Picture: Getty)

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