Ruling AK Party's incumbent Ankara mayor Melih Gokcek has officially been declared as the new mayor of Ankara for the fifth consecutive time on Saturday, almost one week after the election on March 30th, Anadolu Agency reported.
On Friday, Ankara's provincial election body rejected the main opposition Republican People's Party's appeal against the March 30 local election results, after their candidate, Mansur Yavas, lost the election by a narrow margin.
However, despite Gokcek's official declaration, CHP objected and the party is preparing to raise a last appeal to the Supreme Election Committee (YSK) for a recount of votes.
The mayor Gokcek said his party won 20 of the 25 municipalities and named the result as a "triumph" during a speech over his victory in an official ceremony in Ankara.
"According to the numbers given by the provincial election board, I received 1 million 417,183 thousand votes, and 1 million 385,916 thousand voted for Mansur Yavas," said Gokcek, adding that he has become the major with the difference of around 32,000 votes. As of 31 of March, when 99 percent of the count was complete, the AK party lead with 44.74 percent of the votes with the CHP following closely with 43.81 percent.
Gokcek said that the AK party's number of district municipalities raised to 21 and they acquired an 80 percent success level in the elections.
Gokcek declared that "five terms would be enough" in response to a question on whether he would stand again to be a candidate for mayor.
Zeki Alcin, CHP's chairman for Ankara, said "We want a recount, this is what our all opposition is about. We hope that the YSK will respond positively to our appeal."
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