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Erdogan loses capital in Turkey local elections
2019-04-01 10:50:59

The party of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has lost control of the capital, Ankara, the BBC reports. 

But both his AKP and the opposition claimed to have won the mayoralty of the largest city, Istanbul.

Nationally, the president's AKP-led alliance has won more than 51% of the vote in the municipal elections.

"If there are any shortcomings, it is our duty to correct them," he said.

Mr Erdogan had previously said the poll was about the "survival" of the country and his party,

More than 57 million people in the country were registered to vote for mayors and councillors.