AKP candidate declares himself winner in municipal election in Istanbul

Controversy over Istanbul
:ACP candidate declares himself winner in local election

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Ex-prime minister Binali Yildirim

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Istanbul

Despite incomplete counting of votes in the local elections in Turkey, the candidate of the Islamic-conservative ruling party AKP has declared the winner in the economic metropolis of Istanbul. “We won the election in Istanbul,” said former Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Sunday evening in Istanbul.

The opposition candidate of the main opposition party CHP, Ekrem Imamoglu, said he was ahead in Istanbul and criticized Yildirim’s victory speech.

According to the state news agency Anadolu Yildirim was after counting 98 percent of votes in Istanbul with 48.71 percent only gossamer before Imamoglu (48.65 percent). Imamoglu, on the other hand, said he leads 50.51 percent ahead of Yildirim (46.55 percent) after counting his party. In Istanbul, just under 76 percent of the votes are counted. “We do not allow manipulation,” he said.

Ankara and Istanbul have been governed by conservative mayors for more than 20 years. A defeat in Istanbul would be a big blow for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was once Mayor of Istanbul. (AP)