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Opposition expects Istanbul mandate despite AKP pressure

ANKARA – Recounts of local election votes in Istanbul ended on Wednesday and the main opposition candidate said he expected to be installed as mayor despite an appeal by President Tayyip Erdogan’s party to re-run the election in Turkey’s largest city. Initial results from the March 31 local elections gave a narrow victory to the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) in Istanbul, Turkey’s commercial hub, ending 25 years of control by Erdogan’s AK Party and its Islamist predecessors. The loss is especially hard for Erdogan, who launched his…