Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s likely to suffer major defeat in elections as he faced defeat in Turkish capital, Ankara, and possibly even Istanbul after Sunday (March 31) local election delivered a blow to a party in power for a decade and a half.
Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) have won every vote since the party first came to power in 2002, but they had risked losing Ankara and faced a tough fight in Istanbul as an economic slowdown took hold in Turkey.
With 99 percent of the ballot boxes counted, the joint opposition candidate for Ankara mayor was winning with 50.89 percent of votes and the AKP on 47.06 percent, Anadolu state agency reported citing preliminary results.
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