Turkish President Erdogan has called the local elections a matter of survival for his country. After the first count, his AKP is ahead in the cities of Ankara and Istanbul.
Local elections in Turkey are the candidates of the governing party AKP of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead in the cities of Ankara and Istanbul according to first counts. The station NTV reported on Sunday evening, after evaluation of half of the votes cast, the AKP candidate in Istanbul are 51 percent. In Ankara, the AKP candidate after counting is under a quarter of votes at 51.6 percent.
Before the election day, it had not been ruled out that the AKP was heading for defeat in the capital Ankara and in Istanbul. Some voters are likely to react to the economic crisis in the country.
According to a party spokesman, two members of an Islamist party were shot dead in Malatya province on Sunday. According to media reports, a suspect was arrested. Erdogan had shaken himself over the incident and announced thorough investigations.
Around 553,000 police and security forces are deployed across the country to secure votes.