Turkey Premier May Get Boost From Local Elections

wochit politics
March 30, 2014 AT 1:01 PM
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was looking to emerge from a corruption scandal with a boost from local elections Sunday. Erdogan is not on the ballots in the countrywide polls, but early results reported by Turkish newswires suggested that his party was outstripping its results in the last local elections of 2009. According to the early resultsIn, high-profile races for mayor of Istanbul and Ankara, incumbents from Erdogan's Justice or Development Party, better known by its Turkish acronym AKP, were in tight races. The Turkish elections board says more than 50 million people were eligible to vote.