News ID: 251515
Published: 0235 GMT April 16, 2019

Erdogan's party to submit appeal for rerun of Istanbul elections

Erdogan's party to submit appeal for rerun of Istanbul elections
MURAT CETINMUHURDAR/PRESIDENTIAL PRESS OFFICE/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is flanked by Binali Yildirim, mayoral candidate of the ruling AKP in Istanbul, as they leave a mosque together after Friday prayers in Ankara, Turkey, on April 12, 2019.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party, AKP, will “shortly” appeal for the annulment and rerun of Istanbul’s municipal elections, the party’s deputy chairman said in a tweet on Tuesday.

The ruling party suffered an upset in mayoral elections after results showed that it lost the capital Ankara and was narrowly defeated in Istanbul.

Initial results showed the main opposition Republican People’s Party narrowly won control of Turkey’s biggest city in the mayoral elections, seemingly ending 25 years of control of a key power center by the AKP and its predecessors, Reuters reported.

Turkish broadcaster CNN Turk said the appeal will be submitted to the high election board.

 

   
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