Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan greets his supporters as he leaves after balloting all the most effective doubtless blueprint thru the municipal elections, outdoors a polling situation in Istanbul, Turkey, March 31, 2019. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

ANKARA (Reuters) – Candidates from President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Celebration (AKP) were leading mayoral elections in Turkey’s two main cities after about one quarter of ballots had been opened, broadcaster NTV said on Sunday.

It said the AKP candidate in Istanbul, the nation’s ideal metropolis, had 51.8 percent with 24.4 percent of ballotcontainers opened. The essential opposition Republican Folks’s Celebration (CHP) candidate had forty five.8 percent.

The AKP become also leading in the capital Ankara with 51.6 percent of votes after 22.5 percent of ballots were opened, NTV said.

Preliminary vote counts at an analogous stages of previous elections maintain on the total shown an out of this world lead for the AKP over opposition occasions, which has narrowed as counting continued.

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ece Toksabay