Setback for Erdogan in Turkey local elections

Online Desk

01 Apr 2019 01:07 AM

Opposition CHP supporters celebrated in Istanbul

Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan has suffered a blow in local elections, with his party losing control of the capital Ankara and an opposition party also claiming victory in Istanbul.

"If there are any shortcomings, it is our duty to correct them," he said.

"Starting tomorrow morning, we will begin our work to identify our shortcomings and make up for them."

The election came amid an economic downturn and was widely seen as a referendum on his leadership, BBC reports. 

More than 57 million people in the country were registered to vote for mayors and councillors.

Mr Erdogan had previously said the poll was about the "survival" of the country and his party, which has dominated Turkish politics for 16 years.

Mr Erdogan has vowed to make up for "shortcomings"                 

What are the results?

Turkish media said the secularist Republican People's Party (CHP) candidate Mansur Yavas had won a clear victory in Ankara.

However both the CHP and Mr Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) claimed victory by a slender margins in Istanbul, the country's biggest city.

CHP candidate Ekrem Imamoglu said he had won by nearly 28,000 votes while the AKP said its candidate, former Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, was ahead by 4,000 votes.

Both candidates reportedly received more than 4m votes each.

The CHP also said it had held Izmir, Turkey's third largest city.

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