Monday, March 31, 2014

Initial results Turkish local elections show: Erdoğan wins

Initial results in Turkey's local elections suggested a strong showing for Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan's ruling party on Sunday, an outcome likely to bolster his authority in battling "traitors" within the state he accuses of seeking to topple him.
With around half of the votes counted, results broadcast on Turkish television put Erdoğan's Islamist-rooted AK Party ahead with 44-46 percent of the vote. The main opposition CHP, the party of the modern secular republic's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, captured around 23-28 percent.
The nationwide elections are widely being seen in Turkey as a referendum on Erdoğan's 11-year rule, a test of his support as he battles corruption allegations and security leaks he has cast as a "dirty campaign" of espionage by his political enemies.

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