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Local elections in Turkey : Erdogan's AKP loses the capital

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's local election on Sunday, a painful defeat: According to the first results lost his Islamic-conservative government party, the AKP mayor in the capital, Ankara, to the secular opposition party CHP. Also in the holiday high castle Antalya, the CHP takes over the helm. The reason for the losses of the ACP, especially the poor economic situation of Turkey with recession, rising unemployment, and loss of Value of the Lira. Erdogan's party remains the strongest political force in the country.

The redefinition of local parliaments, Chiefs and mayors by around 57 million voters, was the first choice in Turkey since the introduction of the presidential system in the past year and was seen as a vote on Erdogan's policy. The loss of Power in the capital, Ankara, which has been ruled since 1994 by Islamic-conservative politicians, is, therefore, a defeat with a high level of symbolic importance. The local CHP candidate Mansur Yavas could prevail, according to partial results against the AKP candidate Mehmet Özhaseki.

The AKP had to give up in addition to Antalya, as well as half a dozen other cities and provinces to the CHP. In the 15-million metropolis of Istanbul, the AKP candidate Binali Yildirim was in the evening, according to official Figures, while around 2.5 percent ahead of the CHP candidate Ekrem imamoğlu. However, imamoğlu, said that according to his own calculations, he spent on the Basis of partial results are obvious.

in Total, the CHP achieved a result of 31 per cent, their best result for years. The party headquarters in Ankara jubilant supporters gathered in the evening – that had not existed for a long time.

things went Better for the AKP in the Southeast Anatolian Kurdish area. There are many voters gave, apparently, the pro-Kurdish party HDP, the receipt for the severe destruction in the inner cities during fierce fighting between the Turkish army and the Kurdish terrorist organization PKK in the past few years. The Erdogan-AKP party was able to win several Eastern Anatolian cities and provinces.

The right Alliance loses votes, but held up

In the country-wide average, has lost the Alliance of the AKP and the right-wing party MHP votes, was able to maintain its majority. The Alliance was in the evening with a vote share of 52.3 per cent.; in the parliamentary election last year, the two parties had come together to 53.7 percent.

Before the election, Erdogan had threatened the opposition politicians Yavas and other political opponents, he'll let you in the event of an election victory to settle. To not expressed to the success of Yavas in Ankara, Erdogan initially, but the defeat in the capital is likely to hurt him. Almost to the day, exactly 25 years prior to the election on Sunday, the 27. In March 1994, was elected Erdogan at the former municipal election for the Istanbul mayor and had started his political career, made him the most powerful man in Turkey.

The President and the ACP were before the election on Sunday of the discontent of their followers aware of it. In previous elections, the economy was a trump card of the party, said an unnamed AKP official, the Reuters news Agency. This time it was the "weak point".

well-known ACP representatives had summoned the voters to miss the party does not have to think about. He knew that many people were upset, wrote two years ago, Erdogan's deposed Ex-mayor of Ankara, Melih Gökcek, on Twitter. But in the election on Sunday it was a matter of the Survival of Turkey, therefore the people should forget their current Trouble "". Apparently, many voters in the capital were not ready for it.

the day of the election by violence and opposition protests against alleged manipulation was Overshadowed. According to the interior Ministry, four people were killed. In the Eastern Anatolian Malatya two election workers of the Islamist Saadet party, were shot and killed, according to the party of AKP-supporters. Representatives of the Opposition reported that in several regions of the country, there have been Attempts by the government party, to influence the vote, or to falsify results.

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