Ahead of the recount, Yildirim claimed victory with billboards saying ‘Thank you Istanbul’ [Huseyin Aldemir/Reuters]

Turkey‘s High Election Board (YSK) will recount local election votes in eight districts of Istanbul following objections, YSK head Sadi Guven said on Wednesday after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan‘s Justice and Development Party (AK Party) appealed results across the city.

The main opposition, which had earned a narrow victory over the ruling AK Party according to initial results, had appealed the recount, prompting the YSK to halt them late on Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters in Ankara, Guven said that the recount would mostly focus on invalid votes, adding that this was not an unprecedented decision.

Appeals to the YSK were still ongoing, he said.

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