Erdogan`s AKP leads in Istanbul, Ankara in Turkish local election

5f913338

5f913338

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party is leading in Sunday's municipal elections that he has depicted as a fight for Turkey's survival, and which are seen as a crucial test of the strongman's own support amid a sharp economic downturn. Opinion polls suggested the candidate of the opposition alliance, Mansur Yavas, could end the 25-year rule of AKP and its predecessor.

Turkish broadcasters said the latest count, with 98.8 percent of ballot boxes opened, showed Yildirim with a razor-thin lead having secured 4,111,219 votes against Imamoglu's 4,106,776.

Erdogan has campaigned tirelessly for AKP's candidates, portraying the country's economic woes as an attack by enemies at home and overseas, and framed the municipal elections taking place across Turkey on Sunday as matters of "national survival".

In order to increase the chances of winning the election, Erdogan's ruling AKP continued its recent electoral partnership with the ultra-nationalist MHP, together consolidating most of the right-wing votes under what they call the "People Alliance".

Erdoğan's 16 years in office have been distinguished by consistently strong economic growth, but last year's currency crisis has officially triggered a recession.

"I was actually not going to vote today, but when I saw how much they (AKP) were flailing, I thought this might be time to land them a blow".

The 63-year-old lawyer received more than 50 per cent of the votes, according to TRT.

Erdogan has blamed the country's economic woes on attacks by the West.

Turkey's main opposition candidate for mayoral elections in Istanbul said it was "very clear" that his party had won the vote in Istanbul, the country's biggest city.

Canada Weekly Rig Count Down 17 to 88
Current activity is almost even with that of one year ago, and today's rig count is only up 13 year-over-year. This week's numbers represent the largest weekly rig cut in three years.

AK Party candidates are also close to declaring victory in Bitlis and Agri, where the HDP has won in previous elections.

Saadet chairman Temel Karamollaoglu said on Twitter they had been "attacked" by an AKP candidate's nephew at the polling station.

The previous local elections were held in 2014.

The President has also pointed the finger at interest rates and said if the central bank lowers them, price pressures will come down too and that Turkey would overcome its troubles following Sunday's vote.

Although half a million security personnel were on duty, voting was marred by violence across the country. He said: "In Istanbul, the majority of the districts are either ours or head-to-head".

"Turkey's regime now signals that it won't give up Istanbul, regardless of vote distribution", Timur Kuran, professor of economics and political science at Duke University, said on Twitter. Ankara views YPG as an affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), considered a terrorist organisation by Turkey. Kemal Kilicdaroglu, head of the CHP, told a rally in Eskisehir.

Erdogan attaches great importance to Istanbul where he began his rise to power as its mayor in 1994.

Turkey's finance minister, Berat Albayrak, who is Erdogan's son-in-law, said economic reforms would be announced the week of April 8.

Recommended News

  • Apple announces its own credit card

    Apple announces its own credit card

    The "no late fees" feature on the cards was added to help customers avoid extra financial burden from credit card bill payments. Maybe we'll hear more at WWDC? It's good to see Apple following the digital bank playbook, pioneered by Starling.
    Nipsey Hussle Reportedly Shot Outside Of His Store In Los Angeles

    Nipsey Hussle Reportedly Shot Outside Of His Store In Los Angeles

    He is also well known for his gang affiliation in the neighborhood as well as a member of the Rollin 60s Neighborhood Crips. According to TMZ , there was gunfire at the store in September 2018, but no one was shot then, and Nipsey was not there.
    Klopp clarifies Oxlade-Chamberlain progress

    Klopp clarifies Oxlade-Chamberlain progress

    And now that the youngster has returned back to action, most people are wondering when they will see him out on the pitch. And with a number of stars on their way back it could provide that welcome boost that could see them over the line.
  • 3 World Series Contenders Nobody is Talking About

    Despite being loaded on offense, the Cardinals have been inefficient in 2019 and rank near the bottom-10 in runs and home runs. Louis has title-winning pedigree and are loaded offensively, but thus far simply haven’t delivered consistent results.

    Why Is PrepAway Considered to Be the Best Platform for Exam Dumps?

    However, it’s not easy to tell which one of those sources offers authentic exam dumps that will help you pass your test. All you need to do is to identify the best site for exam dumps, and you will pass your certification test with flying colors.

    Meteor lights up Florida sky

    Officials said they haven't received any reports of where the meteor possibly landed or if it broke up in the atmosphere. Residents in Georgia and SC also reported seeing the flash.
  • Fear the Walking Dead Season 5 Trailer, Premiere Date Revealed

    Fear the Walking Dead Season 5 Trailer, Premiere Date Revealed

    From the looks of these two trailers, we're all in for some very scary Sundays this summer. AMC Networks' linear and streaming services had a lot of big news at TCA.
    Slick Manchester City ease back to top with win at Fulham

    Slick Manchester City ease back to top with win at Fulham

    From the moment Guardiola's men went 2-0 in front, it was played with the pace and intent of a preseason friendly. First, it was Timothy Fosu-Mensah's wayward pass that freed Bernando Silva for the first goal after five minutes.
    WhatsApp Enables Consecutive Voice Messages on Android, Working on PiP Mode Improvements

    WhatsApp Enables Consecutive Voice Messages on Android, Working on PiP Mode Improvements

    This means, unfortunately, there is no news about when it'll be available on the beta program, never mind for all WhatsApp users. To activate this setting, users simply have to send a message featuring a crescent-shaped moon emoji and nothing else.
  • WWE Announces Title Match For WrestleMania 35

    WWE Announces Title Match For WrestleMania 35 "Go-Home" Edition Of RAW

    This week's episode of WWE Monday Night Raw will be the go-home Raw for WrestleMania 35, and WWE has added a title match to the show.
    Windows 10 update is ready for businesses, Microsoft says

    Windows 10 update is ready for businesses, Microsoft says

    Microsoft promised quality improvements to Windows 10 updates and vowed to communicate more clearly with users and businesses . Microsoft says Windows Update DNS outage is fixed and things should return to normal for all customers soon.
    Johnny Manziel Suffers Head Injury, Leaves AAF Game vs. Apollos

    Johnny Manziel Suffers Head Injury, Leaves AAF Game vs. Apollos

    It appears Manziel sustained a concussion, but nothing has been confirmed at this point. It looks like "comeback szn" may have to be put on hold.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.