Erdogan, right, and Binali Yildirim, the mayoral candidate of AK Party for Istanbul, salute party supporters before the vote [File: AP]

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan‘s party has challenged the results of the local elections in the country’s two biggest cities, where preliminary results show narrow victories for the opposition candidates. 

Nationwide, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and its coalition partner won more than 50 percent of votes in Sunday’s election, but the ruling party lost the capital, Ankara, and its commercial hub, Istanbul.

Bayram Senocak, the AK Party’s top official in Istanbul, said on Tuesday he has submitted objections to results in all 39 of the city’s districts, seeking a recount to fix alleged irregularities and a reassessment of invalid

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