Opposition supporters celebrate in Istanbul after major city wins in local elections

Opposition supporters celebrate in Istanbul after major city wins in local elections

SUPPORTERS of Turkiye’s main opposition, the Republican People’s Party or CHP, celebrated in Istanbul on Sunday evening, after claiming victory in both the city and the capital Ankara in the country’s local elections.

Hundreds of people of all ages were seen waving Turkish flags, mobile phone lights and setting off flares, as well as cars displaying national flags from their open windows.

About 61 million people were eligible to vote for mayors, provincial council members, and other local officials in the local elections held on Sunday.

The reported turnout was around 76 percent across Turkiye.

With most votes counted, the opposition— CHP, won in 36 of the 81 provinces– and this includes some of traditional AKP strongholds, as per Anadolu agency.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, founder and leader of the AK Party, admitted that the group had ‘lost altitude’ and would ‘correct mistakes and redress shortcomings.

“We could not get the result we wanted in the local election test…We will correct our mistakes and redress our shortcomings,” according to Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, AKP Founder | Türkiye.

Meanwhile, CHP leader Ozgur Ozel hailed the polls and said that there is no loser in this victory and that his party’s success was not a defeat for anyone.

“There is no loser in this victory. Our success is not a defeat for anyone,” said Ozgur Ozel, Leader of CHP | Türkiye.

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