Erdogan’s candidates lose in Turkey’s local elections

Last Updated on April 1, 2024 3:58 am

The candidates of the opposition party won the local government elections in Turkey. Voters across the country participate in elections for mayors, provincial councils and a variety of other local representatives.

The opposition parties won by a large margin in the main cities of the country, including Istanbul and Ankara. The nominees of President Erdoğan’s AK Party have lost. BBC news.

The election was held in Turkey on Sunday. More than 1 million young voters cast their ballots for the first time in the election.

Erdogan's candidates lose in Turkey's local elections

CHP chief Ekrem Imamoglu has been re-elected as the mayor of Istanbul, one of the country’s most important cities. He received more than 50 percent of the vote, 10 percent more than the candidate from Erdogan’s AK Party. Mansur Yavas won with more than 59 percent of the votes in the country’s capital, Ankara. Apart from this, CHP also dominates the big cities including Izmir, Bursa, Adana, Anatalia. DEM won in several places.

It has been less than a year since Recep Tayyip Erdogan took office for a third term as president. At such a time local elections are considered as a test of his party’s popularity. The team will learn from the defeat, the Turkish president gave such a message to the supporters after the result.

It should be noted that more than 77 percent of votes were cast in the country’s 81 provinces in the day-long elections on Sunday. It is assumed that Turkish politics took a new turn in the context of the results of this election. Political analysts of the country believe that Imamoglu will stand against the AK Party as a strong opponent in the next presidential election of 2028.

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