Official results in local elections that appear to have delivered a blow to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s dominance over Turkey have been pushed back until next week, as the ruling Justice and Development party (AKP) said it had decided to lodge objections in Istanbul’s neck-and-neck mayoral race.
The head of Turkey’s election board, Sadi Güven, said on Tuesday that appeals in elections for mayors and municipal leaders in 30 cities, 51 provincial capitals and 922 districts would be evaluated this week and parties may file objections to board decisions on Friday, meaning final results were not expected until 11 April at the earliest.
Tensions are running high across the country after unofficial initial results in Sunday’s elections indicated wins for the secular opposition People’s Republican party (CHP) in cities including Ankara, the capital, and Istanbul, the country’s cultural and commercial centre.
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