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Turkey's Election Board Rejects Full Recount of Istanbul Votes

  • Erdogan pushes for rerun of election in largest city
  • Stocks and lira climb on speculation result will stand

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Turkey’s election board rejected a request by the ruling party for a full recount of votes in Istanbul after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pushed for a rerun of the local election in the nation’s largest city following his party’s defeat there.

The board early Tuesday ordered a partial recount, covering 51 ballot boxes in 21 districts of Istanbul, and was yet to decide whether to cancel the election in another district, Buyukcekmece. The ruling party will ask the election board to review its decision on Istanbul, said Ali Ihsan Yavuz, a deputy chairman of the ruling AK Party.