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Erdogan's ruling party challenges results of local elections

Erdogan's ruling party challenges results of local elections”

Nonetheless, the loss of Ankara and a string of economic powerhouses along the country's south coast - including the industrial city of Adana and the tourism hub of Antalya - sent a clear message to the political alliance led by the AKP.

Turkish sources who spoke to Newsmax agreed that Erdogan - who has been in power more than 16 years as prime minister and then president and who thwarted a military coup in 2016 - might now deal with the U.S.in an attempt to reverse his nation's economic downward course.

In Istanbul, however, the AKP could not be ruled out yet, said the Election Council official.

The appeal process continues for places in which complaints of voting irregularities were made during Turkey's March 31 local elections, but for races that did not receive objections, the victor will be announced, the Supreme Election Board (YSK) said Tuesday.

"If the toll includes Istanbul, finally - five big cities of Turkey, including Ankara - some 40 percent of the population", would be under opposition control, potentially creating governing problems for Erdogan, he said.

In the past, Turkish opposition parties have failed to mount a successful challenge to election results.

The CHP candidate obtained 4,169,987 votes, while the AKP stopped at 4,146,042.

Despite eking out majority support across the country, defeat for Erdogan's Islamist-rooted party in Ankara was a significant blow for the president.

Appeals are expected in every distinct of the capital city, as well as in much of Istanbul, where the loss came down to an estimated 0.28 percentage points.

"In places where there were no objections, the election mandate will be announced", Güven said.

More than 57 million people in the country were registered to vote for mayors and councillors. According to AKP, 320,000 ballots need to be recounted.

Millions of people have voted in Turkey's local elections, which are widely seen as a referendum on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"It is a matter of survival", Erdogan said of the poll, at a rally in a working-class district of Istanbul on Friday.

He was there on the posters next to the AKP candidate Mehmet Ozhaseki in Ankara and, in Istanbul, beside Binali Yildirim.

In Ankara, Mansur Yavas - the candidate for both the opposition Republican People's Party or CHP and the nationalist Good Party - had been slightly ahead in some recent opinion polls before the election. Even if the party was to eventually retain the city, it is still a failure to have come so close to losing it - and a deeply personal one for Mr Erdogan, whose political career began as its mayor.

Rallying his base among more religiously conservative Turks, Erdogan had presented his opponents as enemies of the state, tarnishing them as tied to Kurdish militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) who have fought a decades-long insurgency.

Ekrem Imamoglu, the mayoral candidate for Istanbul of Republican People's Party (CHP), poses for pictures with people during a campaign visit at the Spice Market, or the Egyptian Bazaar, in Istanbul, March 12, 2019.

Some of its leaders have been jailed on terrorism charges, accusations they reject.

The country has also been dealing with higher unemployment rates and inflation.

How he manages the economy will be key for the party's success before the next presidential and general election in 2023.



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