ANKARA - The candidate for Turkey's main opposition party has asked the Constitutional Court to order a re-run of a contested mayoral ballot in the capital Ankara, where he lost to Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party.
The secularist Republican People's Party (CHP) says last month's close Ankara race was marred by fraud including problems with vote counting - charges that Turkey's High Election Board has already rejected.Nationwide local ballots saw the Islamist-rooted AK Party sweep to victory despite weeks of anti-government protests last summer and a widespread corruption scandal that has dogged Erdogan and his inner circle since late last year.
The CHP hoped to grab control of Turkey's two man cities, Istanbul and Ankara, in the vote that turned into a de-facto referendum on Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian 11-year rule.
In the event, it won neither, but CHP's unsuccessful mayoral candidate in Ankara, Mansur Yavas, tweeted late on Monday that he had taken the battle to the Constitutional Court.
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