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The opposition convincingly wins local elections in Turkey, Erdogan accepts defeat

The opposition convincingly wins local elections in Turkey, Erdogan accepts

The opposition convincingly wins the local elections in Turkey. The candidates of the opposition CHP party in Ankara and Istanbul claimed victory by a wide margin from their opponents in the first round.

The current mayor of Istanbul, Ekrem Imamoglu, who won the city for the first time in 2019, after 99.98% of the votes counted, won with 51.09% of the votes over his rival, the former Minister of Environment, Murat Kurum. who received 39.59%.

Erdogan has accepted the defeat, saying that it is not the end, but a turning point.

Meanwhile, in Ankara the result is even deeper. After 99.93% of the votes were counted, the current opposition mayor Mesut Yavas declared victory with 60.35% of the votes won, compared to 31.69% received by the candidate of Erdogan's party.

Meanwhile, the opposition also leads in other big cities such as Izmir, Bursa and Antalya. While Erdogan's party reaped more success in earthquake-hit cities like Gaziantep and Kahramanmaras.


According to the current results, the largest opposition party CHP has won 35 municipalities, while the party of President Erodagn, AKP, 24. In total, the opposition has won 48 municipalities, against 33 municipalities won by the government coalition parties in power.