Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lost control of the capital, Ankara, to local elections after 16 years in power.
The opposition is also advancing in the mayoral competition of the largest city, the Election Commission in Istanbul says that at national level, the alliance led by the AKP of the president has won more than 51% of the vote in the municipal elections.
The vote, which is seen as a verdict on the Erdogan rule, takes place during an economic downturn.
The currency, the pound recently lost value, and the economy went into recession in the last three months of 2018
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