German politicians are calling on their government to stop Turkish ministers campaigning in Germany. Ankara wants to address German Turks ahead of a planned referendum. But Turkey’s arrest of a German-Turkish journalist has angered Berlin.
The result had been under review after President Erdogan and his AKP party cried foul. The president has called for a rerun of the vote, yet it is unclear if the election board will accede to that wish.
CHP chief Kemal Kilicdaroglu was beset upon by protesters at a soldiers funeral. President Erdogan's AKP has come under fire for promoting partisan discord.
President Erdogan has said that a margin of only 13,000 votes is too few for either side to claim victory in Istanbul's mayoral contest. The vote in Ankara has already been handed to the opposition CHP party.
Polls have closed in Turkey's local elections, which are seen as a "referendum" on Recep Tayyip Erdogan's leadership. His ruling AK Party risks defeat in the capital as an economic slowdown takes hold.
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