According to an unofficial report by the Supreme Electoral Council (YSK), twenty-six cities have changed hands as a result of the March 31 local elections in Turkey.
The opposition Nation Alliance, formed by Republican People’s Party (CHP), Good Party (IYI) and Felicity Party (SP), competed against the People’s Alliance, consisting of Justice and Development Party (AKP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) in the elections.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a decisive victory after receiving the initial results. However, the main opposition CHP had a sweeping victory in the majority of big cities such as Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Mersin, Adana and Antalya.
CHP candidate Ekrem Imamoglu competed against AKP’s Binali Yildirim in Istanbul, and won the elections in the most crowded city in the country.
AKP was also defeated by CHP in the Turkish capital. AKP had been winning the elections consecutively in Ankara for the last 25 years.
On the other hand, The People’s Democratic Party (HDP) gained control of some cities which it had lost previously, which are located in the southeastern part of the Turkey. However, HDP lost the cities of Agri, Bitlis, Sirnak, as a result of the AKP replacing the HDP mayors for claimed links with terrorism, and appointing trustees in their place.