Turkish citizens voted in municipal elections on Sunday, choosing new mayors of cities, municipal leaders, heads of villages and members of village councils, among others. "If one vote is filled in incorrectly in each ballot box, this equals 31,136 votes, which is more than the difference", Yildirim said.
AK Party's Istanbul candidate Binali Yildirim told reporters on Monday that invalid votes cast on Sunday outnumber the vote difference tenfold, adding that his rival Ekrem Imamoglu - the candidate of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) - now had 25,000 more votes.
The AKP said it would appeal against the results in both cities. The party also won landslide victories in coastal Aegean and Mediterranean provinces.
Erdogan, who was elected previous year as the country's first executive president, said the next polls would be held in June 2023, adding that Turkey would carefully implement a "strong economic programme" without compromising on free-market rules.
The renewed slip in Turkey's financial markets and uncertain policy reaction to recession raises a risk of further capital flight, Moody's said, adding that the results of local polls will likely determine the future path of macroeconomic policy.
Erdogan's party and its nationalist allies garnered some 52% of the vote overall but the opposition made momentous inroads.More news: Auburn meets Kentucky in Elite Eight
The Turkish lira, which swung wildly https://tmsnrt.rs/2CEaO11 in the week ahead of the elections echoing last year's currency crisis, weakened on Monday as much as 2.5 percent against the dollar before recovering early losses. It has forced prices up, making the cost of living more hard for many.
"Political Islam's quarter-century-old hegemony in Turkey's two largest citiesis over", he said.
The President has also pointed the finger at interest rates and said if the central bank lowers them, price pressures will come down too and that Turkey would overcome its troubles following Sunday's vote.
Erdogan, who has dominated Turkish politics since coming to power 16 years ago and ruled his country with an ever tighter grip, campaigned relentlessly for two months ahead of Sunday's vote, which he described as a "matter of survival" for Turkey.
Reports said the ruling party lost control of Ankara to opposition bloc mayoral candidate Mansur Yavas. "Even if our people gave away the mayorship, they gave the districts to the AK Party", he told supporters in Ankara.
Dawson called on the Turkish government to respect election results and said, "we do not accept assertions that assume every HDP mayor is or could be a terrorist or has terrorist connections".