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Turkish opposition declares Ankara win, Istanbul result disputed

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By ITN News Editor April 1, 2019 13:54

Turkish opposition declares Ankara win, Istanbul result disputed

Turkey’s main opposition party said it won control of Ankara in Sunday’s local elections, defeating President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party in the capital for the first time and challenged his party’s claim to have held Istanbul by the narrowest margin. Defeat for Erdogan’s party in Ankara would be a significant setback for the president, who campaigned relentlessly for two months ahead of a vote he described as a “matter of survival” for Turkey. Losing Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city and a platform for his own political career, would be a greater blow. With more than 92 percent of ballots opened, the mayoral candidate of the CHP, Mansur Yavas, had secured 50.6 percent, giving him a 3.4-percentage-point lead over his AKP rival.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor April 1, 2019 13:54
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