The party of Turkish President Recep Tayipp Erdogan suffered a major defeat during Sunday’s local elections.
The president’s Islamic-based Justice and Development Party, or AKP, lost control of Turkey’s capital, Ankara, marking a significant setback to Erdogan’s 16 years of power there.
AKP lost Ankara to Turkey’s secular, main opposition party, the Republican People’s Party, or CHP.
The CHP’s mayoral candidate for Ankara, Mansur Yavas won control of Ankara after 25 years of rule by the AKP and a predecessor party.
The 63-year-old lawyer received more than 50 percent of the votes, according to state broadcaster TRT. The CHP and its allies increased the number of city mayoral seats from 14 in the previous local elections in 2014 to 20, according to the preliminary results.
“History is being written in Ankara,” said deputy CHP leader Haluk Koc, while thousands of supporters celebrated the party’s win in Ankara.
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