Turkey local elections Setback for Erdogan in big cities BBC News

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But the presidents AKP party is challenging the result in both cities. This was the first municipal vote since Mr Erdogan assumed sweeping executive powers through last years presidential election. Mr Erdogan said the poll was about the survival of the country and his party. The Council of Europes election observation mission to Turkeys local elections said it was not fully convinced that Turkey had a free and fair electoral environment. An official with Turkeys ruling party says they will challenge the vote count for the mayoral election in the capital city Ankara. If the opposition won in Istanbul that would be a watershed moment. Ballot counts were still underway Monday morning in an anxious wait for Istanbul Turkeys largest city and commercial hub. The party of Turkish President Recep Tayipp Erdogan suffered a major defeat during Sundays local elections. He has said during campaign rallies that whoever wins Istanbul wins Turkey. He framed the local elections as an issue of national survival and blamed the countrys weak economy on Turkeys enemies

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