Supporters of Turkey's ruling AK party (AKP) cheer as they follow the election's results in front of the party's headquarters in Ankara, on March 30, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN
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Turkish riot police Tuesday deployed water cannon against protesters who claimed vote-rigging in weekend local polls in which the Islamic-rooted party of Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared sweeping victories.The top spokesman for Erdogan's party condemned the rally, saying on TV: "You cannot claim a victory that the people have not given to you by massing crowds in front of the election board.Turkey's two biggest cities, Istanbul and Ankara, were the top prizes in the elections, in which Erdogan's AKP declared sweeping wins, despite recent graft claims against the premier's inner circle and an Internet clampdown.In the tight race, Gokcek scored 44.79 percent against 43.77 percent for CHP candidate Mansur Yavas, according to the provisional results -- a margin of about 30,000 votes in the city of five million.In Istanbul the official AKP lead was much wider, at 48 to 41 percent, but the CHP candidate Mustafa Sarigul there also challenged the results.
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