ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey’s High Election Board ruled on Wednesday in favor of a recount in seven of Istanbul’s 39 districts after an initial count showed the main opposition candidate earned a narrow victory in the city’s local election.
President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party submitted objections to election results in all districts of Turkey’s commercial hub Istanbul and capital Ankara as initial results showed it was on course to lose control of both cities.
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The election setback may complicate Erdogan’s efforts to combat the economy’s slide into recession.
On Tuesday, the provincial election board in Istanbul had halted a recount sought by the AKP in seven Istanbul districts in response to a challenge by the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP).
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However the High Election Board (YSK) ruled overnight that the recount of what had been ruled as invalid votes should go ahead in the districts of Sile, Bayrampasa, Atasehir, Umraniye, Beykoz, Fatih and Gaziosmanpasa.
In Istanbul, the mayoral candidate of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), Ekrem Imamoglu, and his AKP rival, ex-prime minister Binali Yildirim, both said on Monday Imamoglu was around 25,000 votes ahead. Istanbul’s population is 15 million, according to official data.
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The AKP filed challenges to results...
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