Turkey opposition wins big in local polls, jolt to Erdogan

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Anjali Sharma

GG News Bureau
WASHINGTON DC, 3rd April. 
Turkey’s main opposition, the Republican People’s Party on Tuesday has claimed a major victory in local polls in 35 mayoralties throughout the country, according to unofficial results of Sunday’s local elections.

It was a big jolt to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s whose Justice and Development Party won 24 mayoral positions.

In the elections for 30 metropolitan municipalities, the CHP won 14 mayoral positions, the AKP 12, the DEM 3, and the Welfare Party 1 mayoral position, media reported

Turkish Supreme Election Council Chairman Ahmet Yener told reporters that the People’s Equality and Democracy Party won 10, the Nationalist Movement Party 8, the Welfare Party 2, the Great Unity Party 1, and the Good Party (iYi) 1position.

In the elections for 30 metropolitan municipalities, the CHP won 14 mayoral positions, the AKP 12, the DEM 3, and the Welfare Party 1 mayoral position, media reported

Yener said the local elections went “smoothly”, with a participation rate of 78.11 per cent.

Incumbent CHP mayors in Istanbul and Ankara kept control of their municipalities on Sunday, while the opposition had major gains in many other cities, delivering a surprise defeat to President Erdogan.

In his address to his supporters on early Monday, the Turkish president acknowledged the election failure and said the results were “not an end” for them “but rather a turning point”.

“Thanks to the common sense of our citizens, Turkish democracy proved its maturity once again,” Erdogan said in Ankara.

He said that the AKP could not get the desired result, added “the results of the ballot boxes show us that we have lost height. We will identify the problems and take the necessary measures”.

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