Turkeys opposition party maintains narrow lead in Ankara mayoral election three quarters of ballot boxes were opened CHP 498 AKP 478

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If it takes Istanbul too it would be an astonishing result in a country where 90% of the media is pro government and President Erdogan has branded his opponents terrorists. This was the first municipal vote since Mr Erdogan assumed sweeping executive powers through last years presidential election. Both the ruling party and the opposition claimed victory in the neck neck race in Istanbul. The ruling party accused his opponent Yavas of forgery and tax evasion. Felicitys leader alleged a polling station volunteer and a party observer were shot by a relative of a ruling party candidate. Erdogans ruling party had renewed an alliance with the countrys nationalist party to increase votes

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