Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared victory in Sunday’s local elections but the opposition’s win in the capital has dealt a significant blow to his party’s dominance.

Unofficial results published in state media show the secular Republican People’s Party or CHP’s candidate won the metropolitan mayor seat of Ankara. The capital city was held by Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party, or AKP, and its Islamic-oriented predecessor for 25 years.

Both the CHP and AKP candidates declared victory in the race for mayor in Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city, though vote count is still underway and unofficial results too close to call.

Turkey's President and ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, and his wife Emine, greet supporters after the results of the local elections were announced in Ankara, Turkey, early Monday, April 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Ali Unal)
Turkey’s President and ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, and his wife Emine, greet supporters after the results of the local elections were announced in Ankara, Turkey, early Monday, April 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Ali Unal)

The AKP made gains in southeastern provinces that were strongholds for a pro-Kurdish party.

Supporters of the Republican People's Party, CHP, wave a flag with a portrait of Kemal Ataturk as they celebrate after preliminary results of the local elections were announced in Ankara, Turkey, early Monday, April 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
Supporters of the Republican People’s Party, CHP, wave a flag with a portrait of Kemal Ataturk as they celebrate after preliminary results of the local elections were announced in Ankara, Turkey, early Monday, April 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

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