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Türkiye – local elections. Voting – how did it go? Istanbul, Ankara – results

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Local elections were held in Turkey on Sunday. More than 61 million people in 81 provinces were eligible to vote. The vote was not without incident. One person was killed and 12 injured in riots in the southeast of the country.

Voting started at 7 a.m. in eastern Turkey and at 8 a.m. in the rest of the country (7 a.m. in Poland). More than 61 million people in 81 provinces were eligible to vote.

After casting his vote in Istanbul, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared that these elections “will mark the beginning of a new era” for Turkey.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan voted in the local electionsPAP/EPA/TURKISH PRESIDENT PRESS OFFICE HANDOUT HANDOUT

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Riots, tear gas. One person is dead

The vote was not without incident. According to the Ministry of Health, at least one person was killed and 12 injured in the clashes in Diyarbakir province in the southeast of the country.

In turn, in the province of Mardin in the southeast of the country, police used tear gas during a conflict between supporters of different parties. One of the candidates was taken to hospital.

Local elections in TurkeyPAP/EPA/ERDEM SAHIN

The fight for Istanbul and Ankara

Observers are most interested in the elections in Istanbul, the country's most important city in terms of politics, with a population of 16 million, and in the capital Ankara. In the previous elections in 2019, the main opposition party, the Republican People's Party (CHP), won power in these cities. The Justice and Development Party (AKP), led by Erdogan, seeks to regain control over them.

In Istanbul, the current mayor of the CHP, Ekrem Imamoglu, and the former environment minister of the AKP, Murat Kurum, are fighting. In Ankara, the leaders of the race are Turgut Altinok from AKP and Mansur Yavas from CHP, the current head of the city authorities.

After about 5 percent of the votes in Istanbul are counted, Imamoglu wins. In Ankara, according to the official news agency, the CHP candidate also wins the elections after 5 percent of the votes are counted.

Local elections in TurkeyPAP/EPA/ERDEM SAHIN

Experts and the media estimate that Sunday's elections will determine the future of the divided Turkish opposition and will influence the position of Erdogan, for whom Istanbul has, among others, symbolic meaning, because he was its mayor in 1994-1998.

A possible victory in the country's main cities would contribute to even greater consolidation of power by Erdogan, who won last year's presidential elections, observers emphasize.

Main photo source: PAP/EPA/ERDEM SAHIN



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