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Local elections in Turkey: a lesson for Erdogan's AKP

The municipal election in Turkey was regarded as a test of President Erdogan. And this seems to be aimed in the major cities against him. In Ankara, the Opposition won. In Istanbul, there is a head-to-head race.

The government party of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is up to the local elections in Turkey, although the country far to the front, in the capital Ankara, however, the Opposition failed. After 25 years of government by the Islamic-conservative AKP and its predecessor party, the candidate of the CHP's Mansur Yavas, around 51 percent of the votes repeated, as the state broadcaster TRT after the counting of more than 90 percent of the votes announced. "In Ankara, history has been written," said Vice-CHP-in-chief Haluk Koc in front of Thousands of cheering supporters in the capital.

In Ankara cheered the supporters of the CHP.

crime in Istanbul

But not only in Ankara, also in the third largest city of Izmir, the center-left opposition party is facing a clear victory. Close the race in Antalya. Nerve-wracking the choice is night in the metropolis of Istanbul: AKP-candidate Binali yıldırım claimed the victory, although not all of the ballots were tallied and the former Prime Minister was only 5000 votes in the lead (48,71%). The Opposition accused him of "Manipulation" and claimed the victory. Your candidate Ekrem imamoğlu came after the last data is 48,65%.

"According to our data, Ekrem imamoğlu has won in Istanbul," said the CHP Chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu at a press conference. "No one will sleep the next 48 hours. We will not leave the polls alone."

As in the case of voting in the past years, there had been accusations from the Opposition, the ruling party of manipulating results in their favor. The state election authority published since 23.00 local time choice and no results on the state-run Anadolu news Agency. At that time, about 91 percent of the votes counted.

Erdogan exerts a little self-criticism

For President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Kommunwalwahl was a mood test. Under his leadership, the country is currently in an economic crisis with double-digit Inflation and sharp rise in food prices.

The President showed in a late-night speech in front of Thousands of cheering supporters. According to him, the AKP won the mayoral offices in 16 major cities. What they are, he said. In the municipal elections of 2014, she had won 18 major cities. Erdogan avoided a defeat of the AKP in Ankara. Also the outcome of the elections in Istanbul, he said. Instead, he promised to identify the possible "weaknesses" of his party and to correct.

local elections in Turkey: AKP due to currency weakness and Inflation under pressure
issues of the day at 22:45, 31.03.2019, Oliver Mayer-Rüth, ARD Istanbul

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