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Erdogan faces setback in Turkish local elections

Istanbul (CNN)Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is facing a major political setback after his party lost control of the capital, Ankara, in a keenly fought local elections battle.Preliminary results also showed the opposition narrowly ahead of the President's Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Istanbul, the country's largest city.The results, if confirmed, will be a blow to Erdogan, who has dominated Turkish politics since becoming Prime Minister in 2003.In Ankara, the opposition People's Republican Party (CHP) won more than 50 percent of votes while the AKP trailed on around 47 percent, state news agency Anadolu said. It is the first time in 25 years that the Islamist party has lost its grip on the capital.In Istanbul, the result ...