Erdogan says party will fight until Turkey's election board decides

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday his AK Party would fight until the High Election Board (YSK) gives a final ruling on March 31 local elections, a day after the main opposition candidate took the Istanbul mayor's office.

After 17 days of objections and recounts, Ekrem Imamoglu took office on Wednesday, despite a pending request by the AKP to annul and repeat mayoral elections in Istanbul.

Speaking to union members, Erdogan also said that Turkey needs to use the next 4-1/2 years until scheduled elections effectively and tackle economic and security problems.

(Reporting by Daren Butler; Writing by Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by Dominic Evans)

04/18/2019 10:36

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