Opposition win in cities in Turkey local elections re-run

Unofficial results show opposition parties win in the two provinces as ruling AK Party says it will contest elections in Yalova province.

Opposition win in cities in Turkey local elections re-run

World Bulletin/News Desk

Main opposition Republican People's Party and pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party have won in a province each in Sunday's re-run of local elections, early unofficial results show.

Turkey's ruling AK Party leads in five out of the thirteen localities, where local elections have been repeated after the results there in March 30 elections were declared void by the elections authority.

Early results show Republican People's Party candidate Vefa Salman winning by a margin of 0.5 percent in Yalova province, with over 99 percent of the votes counted, ahead of AK Party's Yakup Kocal, while Peace and Democracy Party's Sirri Sakik leads in Agri province by 6 percent with close to 95 percent of votes counted in the city.

AK Party Deputy Chairman Abdulhamit Gul said Sunday that they would contest the polls in Yalova, where it appears the victory will be decided by a margin well below 500 votes.

"We have objections to around 800-900 votes," Gul said.

Republican People's Party deputy group chairman Muharrem Ince said Sunday that Salman had won.

"It's a done deal, we have won the elections," Ince said. "We had also won it the first time around. This is redress."

AK Party's Kocal was declared the winner in March 30 municipal elections by a single vote, but the elections authority annuled his victory after a recount of the votes, which indicated that Salman had won by six votes. The confusion led to the decision to hold a re-run.

The two provinces, Yalova and Agri, account for almost three fourths of the votes cast on Sunday, as over 200,000 citizens were expected to participate.

According to unofficial results, AK Party candidates won in three districts and two towns, with Musa Ihsan Uguz winning in Catalzeytin district of Kastamonu province, Mehmet Erol in Buharkent district of Aydin province, Kazim Misafir in Yesilyurt district of Tokat province, and Cetin Mertoglu in Eymir town in Yozgat province.

In a by-election held simultaneously with the re-runs, Hakki Tekin of AK Party won the mayorship of Gomu town of Emirdag district in Afyonkarahisar province.

Republican People's Party also won in a district and a town, with Ishak Gundogan coming first in Mahmudiye district of Eskisehir province and Dursun Uzunca in Astavul town in Corum.

Second opposition Nationalist Movement Party won in two districts, Hasim Senturk in Aydintepe district of Bayburt and Mustafa Karakaya in Sabanozu district of Cankiri.

Peace and Democracy Party's Mehmet Emin Ozkan won in Guroymak district in Bitlis, while Felicity Party candidate Ishak Birol won in Cadirkaya town in Erzincan province.

The official results are yet to be announced as the vote count continues.

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