Binali Yildirim, mayor of the ruling AK party, delivers a speech after the local elections in front of a polling station in Istanbul, Turkey, March 31
ANKARA (Reuters) – The current candidate The Turkish AK Party (AKP) for the mayor of Istanbul said he had won the Sunday's election, but his opposition opponent said the statement was premature.
After AKP candidate and former Prime Minister Binali Yildirim had been opened to more than 98 percent of the ballot box, he said his party had won. Opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu denied Yildirim's statement as "manipulation" and said the votes were still being counted.
Turkish broadcasters said the most recent counter, with 98.8 percent of the ballot box, opened Yildirim with a wafer-thin lead that had won 4,111,219 votes against Imamoglus 4,106,776.
Reporting by Ece Toksabay and Tuvan Gumrukcu; Cut by Dominic Evans