Turkey's AKP to object to Istanbul voting resultsEuropost
After suffering a heavy defeat in Sunday's elections, Turkey's AK Party has decided to lodge objections to the results of the local election in all 39 districts of Istanbul, Hurriyet newspaper reported on Tuesday. The deadline for appeals expires at 1200 GMT.
The move comes shortly after it became clear that country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party lost control of the capital Ankara for the first time in a local election and appeared to concede defeat in the country’s largest city and economic powerhouse, Istanbul, as well. According to the most recent results of the vote, AKP has also lost its grip on the third largest city Izmir.
In Istanbul, however the issue got complicated as both the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and AKP - or Justice and Development Party - claimed victory by a slender margin in the contest for mayor. Later on, however, AKP's candidate, ex-prime minister Binali Yildirim, confirmed that his rival Ekrem Imamoglu was around 25,000 votes ahead.