Turkish elections: Erdogan's failings are too big to hide

AKP provincial head disputed the claim saying that AKP took the victory by gaining 4,000 more votes than CHP.

This discontent is so deep that, at one point in the election campaign, sections of Erdogan's own AKP led by former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu publicly discussed ditching Erdogan and founding their own new party.

Think your friends would be interested? In Istanbul, the CHP was almost 28,000 votes ahead as the last votes were being counted.

In a further potential blow, claims of an AKP victory in Istanbul, Turkey's largest city, were challenged by the opposition.

Indicative pricing showed Turkey's lira falling as much at 1 percent against the dollar in early Sydney trade, before recouping losses to less than 0.1 percent as of 12:25 a.m.in Istanbul.

For his supporters, Erdogan remains the strong leader they believe Turkey needs and they tout the country's economic development over the years he and the AKP have been in power.

Erdogan, for his part, expressed thanks to Aliyev for his honest wishes during the conversation in which both leaders affirmed that the friendship and fraternal ties between Baku and Ankara would continue to increase.

Mansur Yavas obtained 50.9 percent of the vote, while AKP's Mehmet Ozhaseki had won 47.06 percent, with 99.8 percent of the ballots counted, the Hurriyet Daily news reported.

The overall share of the votes for Erdogan's alliance didn't change dramatically since last year's presidential vote as he maintained his hold on the interior of the country, where his nationalist-religious rhetoric appeals to a more conservative base.

Erdogan campaigned hard portraying the vote for mayors and district councils as a fight for the nation's survival, but the election became a test of AKP's support after an economic slowdown hit Turkey.

Erdogan pledged that Turkey would now focus on its troubled economy in the run-up to national elections in 2023.

As the economy slipped into recession and the lira lurched from one crisis to another, the president has lashed out at enemies at home and overseas, warning bankers of a "heavy price" to pay after the elections for feeding the currency chaos.

Opposition hopes that dissatisfaction at inflation and rising unemployment would be enough to dissuade working-class AKP voters from turning up to vote appeared to be well-founded.

Erdogan plans to respond to the elections with stepped-up austerity and war.

The secular, main opposition alliance, the Republican People's Party, or CHP had 30 percent. "We want to cooperate with all institutions of Turkey to quickly meet the needs of Istanbul".

The secularist Republican People's Party (CHP) overcame overwhelming media support for the AKP and an environment which European observers said fell short of requirements for "genuine democratic elections".

Investors were also weighing up a statement on Monday from rating agency Moody's, which said the erosion of Turkey's foreign currency reserves is a credit negative and that their use to prop up the lira poses renewed questions about the central bank's independence.

Leaders across the world on Monday congratulated Turkey's president for his party's win in local elections.

  • Wendy Palmer