Erdogan's AKP voted out in Ankara

Erdogan Party Leads Nationwide Vote Total, But Suffers Big Setbacks In Mayor Races

"Erdogan is known with his success in the local elections and his model of government is highly based on his local experience", Emre Erdogan, a professor at Istanbul Bilgi University and no relation to the president.

Sunday's poll was the first municipal ballot since Turks approved constitutional reforms in 2017 to create an executive presidency that gave Erdogan wider powers after 16 years in office.

Who will get the green light in Istanbul?

It also retained its hold over Izmir, Turkey's third largest city, located on the Aegean Sea.

Erdogan campaigned hard, portraying vote for mayors and district councils as a fight for the nation's survival, but the election became a test of AKP rule after Turkey slipped into a recession for the first time in a decade.

President Erdogan addressed his supporters from Ankara after unofficial results poured in from over 50 out of 81 provinces.

Behlul Ozkan, an associate professor at Marmara University, said Erdogan's loss of ground in Ankara and Istanbul indicated that his socially conservative and construction-driven policies no longer resonated in Turkey's cities.

In Istanbul, a city where Erdogan had sometimes described victory as like winning Turkey itself, the race had been very tight. The election was marred by sporadic violence, with five dead and scores injured across Turkey.

The opposition pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) has refused to field candidates in several cities, saying the elections are unfair. The opposition vote was at 48.8% support to the ruling party's 48.5% support.




The ruling party's mayoral candidate for Istanbul says it's still too early to call the race in Turkey's largest city as party officials prepare their objections to the vote count.

Separately, deputy AK Party chairman Ali Ihsan Yavuz said 17,410 votes that should have been counted for AK Party had been registered to other parties.

In Ankara, CHP candidate Mansur Yavas won a clear victory, according to Turkish broadcasters. The AKP has said there were problems with many votes in both cities, and it would appeal results in every Ankara district.

The People's Alliance, formed by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), has lost its position compared with the general elections on June 24, 2018, said Deniz Zeyrek, political columnist of Daily Sozcu. Imamoglu said he had a lead of 28,000.

He added that there are over 290,000 votes deemed invalid and that a lot of them were from districts where AK Party won.

Andrew Dawson, heading the Council of Europe's election observation mission, said Monday that they were "not fully convinced that Turkey now has the free and fair electoral environment which is necessary for genuinely democratic elections in line with European values and principles".

Also, was it a simple development that at the trustee-appointed municipalities, people voted to bring back people they wanted?

The government has replaced 95 elected officials since 2016 for alleged links to outlawed Kurdish militants.

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