President’s party faces defeat in some areas as country’s economic woes erode support

Voters across Turkey have begun casting their ballots in local elections that are being viewed as a crucial test for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, as the country’s economic woes bite into his popular support.

At least 57 million people are eligible to vote on Sunday in contests in 30 cities and more than 900 other areas around the country. While the ruling Justice and Development party (AKP) has won every vote since it first took office in 2002, for the first time the party is facing the prospect of significant defeat in several places, including the capital, Ankara.

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