Published: Tue, April 02, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Turkey's Eurdogan Loses Control of Major Cities

Turkey's Eurdogan Loses Control of Major Cities

Turkey's opposition looked poised to win control of the country's two biggest cities today as it dealt President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's conservative party one of its most serious electoral setbacks in years.

But Istanbul has been in the hands of parties linked to Mr Erdogan since 1994, when he was elected the city's mayor.

Throughout his 16 years of rule, Erdogan's party has conquered over 51 percent of municipal polls.

Many among the supporters of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) had reached the peak of their disappointment during the last presidential elections.

Both candidates had claimed victory in the early hours of Monday following a tightly contested race for the country's largest city and economic hub and with preliminary results showing them in a dead heat.

"We want to start working as soon as possible to serve our people", he said.

The AKP has won every election since coming to power in 2002.

Ekrem Imamoglu, the candidate with the secularist Republican People's Party, or CHP, is leading Binali Yildirim, the AKP candidate, by just over 25,000 votes, according to the board, meaning that...

Mansur Yavas, the candidate of the opposition alliance, won 50.9% support in Ankara. But the AKP rejected analysis, saying "invalid votes and irregularities in most of the 12,158 polling stations in Ankara".

Speaking to supporters in Ankara, Erdogan said the election was a victory for the AKP, which along with its coalition partner, the rightwing Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), won more than 50 percent of votes nationwide.

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"We have detected significant discrepancies among the tabulated results with wet signatures and stamps - which shows the first vote record - the final record and the total number of votes submitted to the YSK [Supreme Election Council]", Bayram Senocak, the Istanbul provincial head of AK Party told reporters.

Anadolu said the AKP would appeal in some Ankara districts.

In predominantly Kurdish provinces, the Peoples' Democratic Party, or HDP, won back some seats from government-appointed trustees, including the symbolic capital of Diyarbakir, but lost several former strongholds to the ruling party.

In contrast, it was Erdogan who dominated scores of large rallies for his loyalist Yildirim in Istanbul, whipping up supporters in televised speeches that filled the airwaves, even though he himself was not running. According to AKP, 320,000 ballots need to be recounted.

Turkey has increasingly come under scrutiny as markets have grown wary of Erdogan's policies.

"In order to reduce the pressure [from the economy], Erdogan might seek compromise with the USA and the West in general", Cansu Camlibel, former Washington, D.C., bureau chief of the venerable Turkish publication Hurriyet told Newsmax.

"The current government is likely to have limited appetite for reforms, and may instead focus more on quick fixes, such as flooding the economy with more cheap credit", said Nora Neuteboom, an economist at the Dutch bank ABN Ambro.

Procedures to challenge the vote were continuing, Guven said, with 84 ballot boxes left to be counted.

"Most probably the residents of both metropolitan cities suffered from the economic decline and it has been reflected on the polls".

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