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Election losses a signal to Turkey's President

Erdogan receives warning against taking voters for granted

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has pledged to focus on driving a "strong programme" of economic growth after his party suffered a serious setback in the country's local elections.

Mr Erdogan tried to make light of the results by claiming that his ruling Justice and Development Party - or AKP as it is known by its Turkish acronym - still controls just over half of Turkey's local authority posts.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 02, 2019, with the headline 'Election losses a signal to Turkey's President'. Print Edition | Subscribe