Istanbul, Turkey – Partial results show that Turkey's governing Justice and Development (AK) party has taken the lead in Sunday's local elections, which are considered a test for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
With 44.2 percent of the votes cast at 20:00 (GMT 17:00 GMT), an alliance of the AK party nationwide received 52.3 percent of the vote, the state Anadolu Agency said.
There followed a coalition led by the opposition center-left Republican People's Party (37.8 votes).
The polls were considered a major challenge for Erdogan and his party Against the background of high inflation and rising unemployment, which was triggered by a major currency crisis last year.
The AK Party and its ally in the last two polls, the Right-Wing Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), joined the People's Alliance. The CHP, for its part, joined the right-wing Good Party (IYI) in the Nation Alliance (1
Both blocks have deployed dozens of common candidates in the provinces, districts and cities of the country.
Counting 74 percent of the vote In Istanbul, the country's largest city and business metropolis, Binali Yildirim, candidate of the Erdogan Alliance and former prime minister, led the poll with 50.5 percent of the vote.
Ekrem Imamoglu, the nation's alliance candidate, had 47 percent.
In the capital Ankara, preliminary results showed that the Mansur Yavas of the Nation Alliance (19459005) had achieved 58.3 percent, followed by Nominee People's Alliance Mehmet Ozhaseki with 37.8 percent. Fifty-three percent of the votes were counted.
Nation Alliance candidate Mustafa Tunc Soyer was the leader in the third largest city of Izmir, with 58 percent of the vote. Nihat Zeybekci, the candidate of Erdogan's block, had 37 percent. Forty-three of the votes were counted.
The surveys took place in the context of the currency crisis last year and just weeks after official statistics showed that the Turkish economy had slipped into its first recession in a decade in the last two quarters of 2018, with inflation and inflation Interest rates rose due to the collapse of the currency.
Inflation was just under 20 percent in February, while the central bank's main interest rate is currently at 24 percent.
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In the run-up to the vote on Sunday, the Popular Alliance wanted to join the local polls with internal and external risks that threaten the security of the country.
Erdogan has often blamed foreign powers and "speculators" for currency fluctuations and other economic problems in Turkey – a message he repeated this week.
For The Opposition Alliance, by contrast, their campaign focused on the economic situation and its impact on citizens.
In addition, she used Turkish flags instead of party banners in her campaigns to attract voters from various backgrounds. 19659024] Ayse Kara, a 40-year-old voter in Istanbul, said she voted in the light of the country's stability.
"I considered the economy and the terror as the main theme while I cast my vote, I believe everything will be stable after the elections," Kara, who works in the manufacturing industry, told Al Jazeera.
Ilke Beltinge, a 25-year-old student, said she did not like the current direction of the country.
"I have voted for more freedom, a better economy and a better education system, and I hope we will see changes after these polls," she told Al Jazeera in a polling station in Istanbul.
Two people were killed in the eastern province of Malatya, and dozens were wounded in battles in various Turkish provinces. This broke out in the electoral process, state media reported.