According to Turkish state media: Opposition is forward in native elections in Istanbul and Ankara | EUROtoday

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BIn the native elections in Turkey, after the primary votes have been counted in Istanbul and the capital Ankara, there have been indicators of a doable victory for the Social Democratic incumbent mayor. After round 20 p.c of the votes have been counted, in response to a report by state broadcaster TRT, Ekrem Imamoglu of the CHP was main forward of his challenger, politician Murat Kurum of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Islamic conservative AKP. In Ankara, CHP Mayor Mansur Yavas additionally appeared to have defended his workplace with a snug lead over Turgut Altinok of the AKP, as preliminary outcomes recommended.

According to early outcomes reported by TRT, the CHP gave the impression to be within the lead in 35 of Turkey's 81 provinces.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (r.) and Fatih Erbakan (l.)

Sunday's vote was seen as a barometer of the recognition of President Erdogan, who’s making an attempt to regain management of key city areas he misplaced to the opposition in elections 5 years in the past. The CHP's victory in Ankara and Istanbul shattered Erdogan's aura of invincibility. Istanbul is especially vital for Erdogan, the place he was born and raised and was as soon as mayor himself. The common Imamoglu is taken into account a doable challenger to Erdogan.