Cheering supporters try to touch Ekrem Imamoglu, the main Turkish opposition's candidate for Istanbul, after he visited the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the secular republic's founder, in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, April 2, 2019.
Cheering supporters try to touch Ekrem Imamoglu, the main Turkish opposition's candidate for Istanbul, after he visited the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the secular republic's founder, in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party on Tuesday appealed election results in Istanbul and Ankara, claiming irregularities in the voting cost them mayorships in both cities.

Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) won a majority of votes throughout Turkey in Sunday's local elections, but trailed in Istanbul, the country's economic hub, and Ankara, the capital. If the initial outcomes hold, it would be a political setback for the Turkish leader, who campaigned extensively for his party's candidates.

A poster displayed in Istanbul thanks voters for a victory in a premature celebration by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AKP party.
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AKP's Istanbul chief, Bayram Senocak, said the party had filed objections about the voting in all 39 districts in the city. "We have identified irregularities and falsifications," he said.

Republican People's Party (CHP) candidate Ekrem Imamoglu claimed victory in the mayor's race in Istanbul by 28,000 votes over AKP's Binali Yildirim, a former Turkish premier.

Imamoglu told reporters, "Had the other party won, I would have said 'Congratulations, Mr. Binali Yildirim,' which I do not say because I am the one who won. They are behaving like a kid who has been deprived of his toy."

Turkey's President and ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, and his wife Emine, greet supporters after the results of the local elections were announced in Ankara, Turkey, early Monday, April 1, 2019.
Turkey's Ruling Party Suffers Heavy Losses in Key Local Polls
VOA's Turkish and Kurdish services contributed to this report.ISTANBUL -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) suffered significant losses in local elections Sunday, including loss of control of the capital Ankara.In Istanbul, election results remain too close to call, with both sides claiming victory.

In Ankara, opposition CHP mayoral candidate Mansur Yavas was ahead of AKP's Mehmet Ozhaseki by nearly four percentage points, according to the state news agency Anadolu, but the AKP said it was contesting the results in 25 districts.

Electoral authorities have two days to decide whether the claims of vote irregularities have any merit.