Binali Yildirim, mayoral candidate of the ruling AK Party, delivers a speech after voting within the municipal elections, outside a polling diagram in Istanbul, Turkey, March 31, 2019. REUTERS/Kemal Aslan

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey’s ruling AK Party (AKP) candidate for Istanbul mayor stated he had won Sunday’s election but his opposition rival stated the declaration turn out to be as soon as untimely.

Speaking after more than 98 percent of ballotcontainers had been opened, AKP candidate and faded high minister Binali Yildirim stated his social gathering had won. Opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu pushed aside Yildirim’s assertion as a “manipulation” and stated that votes were restful being counted.

Turkish broadcasters stated the latest depend, with 98.8 percent of ballotcontainers opened, confirmed Yildirim with a razor-skinny lead having secured 4,111,219 votes against Imamoglu’s 4,106,776.

Reporting by Ece Toksabay and Tuvan Gumrukcu; Modifying by Dominic Evans