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Election board rejects AKP bid to annul Istanbul district vote: official

Supporters of AK Party wave flags in Ankara, Turkey April 1, 2019. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The Istanbul election board has rejected a bid by Turkey’s ruling AK Party to annul the local election in the city’s Buyukcekmece district, an AKP official told Reuters on Friday, after the opposition narrowly won the vote in the city.

Rohat Hasbayram said his party would take its annulment request to Turkey’s High Election Board in Ankara. Broadcaster Haberturk earlier said the AKP had applied to annul elections in the whole of Istanbul, but Hasbayram said this was not the case.

Reporting by Ali Kucukgocmen

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