AKP defeat ends 25 years of dominance over capital and sends shockwaves through country

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has been dealt a major blow at the ballot box after his ruling Justice and Development party (AKP) lost control of Ankara, according to unofficial local election results.

In a further potential setback, the opposition was also leading in Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city and commercial centre.

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