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Recep Tayyip Erdogan declares victory, but loses in the big cities

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declares victory in the weekend’s local elections, but is set to lose in the big cities of Istanbul and Ankara.

According to preliminary results, opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu has won Istanbul with 28,000 more votes than Erdogan’s candidate, former Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, of over 9 million votes cast, the election commission’s chairman Sadi Guven said.

However, the result is not official since some votes remain to be counted. The result can then be disputed and appealed, and if the margin is small, it can be fine.

In Ankara, however, it seems clear that the candidate of the secular opposition party, CHP, Mansur Yavas, will be mayor after 25 years with the mayor of Erdogan’s AKP party.

Despite the loss in the largest cities, Erdogan’s party and the party’s nationalist allies have nevertheless received over half of the votes in Turkey as a whole.

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