ANKARA, Turkey – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has defended the movement of his party to demand a full recount of the votes cast in the mayor elections in Istanbul, claiming that "almost all" votes have been marred by irregularities.
Erdogan suffered a major setback in the local elections last week after the opposition took control of the capital, Ankara, and won a tight race for Istanbul.
A recount of votes that were previously considered invalid, demanded by the ruling Erdogan party, takes place in different districts, but the party now wants a recount of all ballot papers.
Erdogan said, "We have determined that certain (irregular) acts have been performed."
The opposition, which now has a lead of 14,000 votes, demands that the ruling party admit victory in Istanbul.