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Ruling party to seek new election in Istanbul

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party said it is filing an appeal to cancel the results of the Istanbul mayoral election, citing irregularities, after the vote recount it sought has so far failed to change the outcome that saw it lose its longtime control of Turkey’s biggest city.
Supporters of AK Party stand in front of a billboard picturing Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, in Istanbul, Turkey March 31, 2019. REUTERS/Kemal Aslan - RC17147821E0

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s ruling party wants to void a mayoral election in Istanbul that preliminary results show it lost, claiming Tuesday that irregularities had swayed the outcome and that electoral officials should order a new vote. The presumptive winner warned his opponents that the extraordinary measure would cost the city dearly.

Ekrem Imamoglu of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) edged former Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in the bitterly contested election March 31, but the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has thrown up a series of hurdles since to thwart Imamoglu's apparent victory.

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