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Erdogan declares AKP won the local election

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared his Islamic-conservative government party, the AKP, the winner of the municipal election. It appears that the capital threatened to go to Ankara, as well as the city of Izmir on the Mediterranean sea, apparently, to the Opposition lost. And also the largest city, Istanbul, which seemed to be ACP on late Sunday evening.

"The results show that we emerged from these elections with a big margin as the first party," Erdogan said. Not only is he President and the head of government, but also of the ACP-chief.

at the time - late Sunday night – were the government counts middle media, about 80 percent of all votes. The ACP had combines, therefore, the country initially approximately 45 percent of all votes. This was a similar result as in the case of the municipal election of 2014.

at the same time losses were for the AKP in major cities. Ironically, in the capital, Ankara, the opposition candidate, the former Kemalists-party CHP's Mansur Yavas was, according to partial results before the candidates of the ACP.

The loss of the capital, which is ruled for more than 20 years of Islamic-conservative mayors, would be a major blow for the power of the usual President and updraft for critics.

Erdogan's Comments swung unaccustomed to self-criticism, when he said: "We have to accept that we have out there, where we won the hearts of our people have been conquered, and where we have lost, not successful enough."

head-to-head race in Istanbul

With a special voltage, the country also followed the race in the long by the AKP-ruled economy metropolis of Istanbul. In the 15-million-inhabitants-city of the prominent candidate of the AKP, the former Prime Minister Binali Yildirim was late in the evening, almost on a par with the opposition candidate of the CHP, Ekrem imamoğlu.

before midnight (local time), said the AKP as the winner on the Bosphorus. According to the official news Agency Anadolu Yildirim was based on a count of 98 percent of the ballot a few Thousand votes in front of the opposition candidates. Close race, there were also other important big cities, such as Antalya and southern Turkey Adana, where the AKP or its Alliance partner, the MHP in the local elections of 2014 had won.

The municipal election is a test for Erdogan and his Islamic-conservative government. Scarce than in 2014, it could be for the AKP primarily because of the poor economic situation. Turkey since the end of 2018 in the recession. The Lira has lost much of their value, the number of unemployed rose within a year to around a Million, and the inflation rate to around 20 percent. Food was particularly expensive.

reports of irregularities

opposition media outlets such as Bianet, or Dokuz8Haber reported irregularities; the extent of the vote rigging, however, was immediately foreseeable. In the East, where the HDP is particularly strong, the security forces, in many places, right next to the urns. According to the electoral law, security may stay forces only on request, in the direct vicinity of the urns.

The pro-Kurdish opposition party HDP won, according to partial results, some of the municipalities under compulsory administration in the South-East of the country. In the Kurdish metropolis of Diyarbakir, about the HDP was, according to Anadolu clearly on the front. After the coup attempt of July 2016 Ankara had dispatched numerous mayor of the HDP because of alleged Links to outlawed Kurdish workers ' party PKK. (sda)

Created: 31.03.2019, 20:14 PM

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