Opposition parties make inroads in Turkish local election rerun

By REUTERS
June 1, 2014 23:17

ISTANBUL - Opposition parties in Turkey were expected to win most of the 13 municipal election reruns held on Sunday after irregularities had forced authorities to cancel some of the March 30 results, slightly denting the ruling party's victory in the contentious poll.

According to preliminary results, opposition parties had won or were ahead in nine races, many of them in small communities, and Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party appeared to have won four of the races that the High Election Board (YSK) ordered be held again.

The AK Party dominates the Turkish political landscape, controlling most municipalities and a large majority of the seats in parliament.


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