Tayyip Erdogan’s Islamist-rooted AK Party is heading to lose control of Istanbul and Ankara in a setback in local elections.
Erdogan dominated Turkish politics since coming to power 16 years ago and ruled with a tighter grip.
The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) candidates have reportedly got more votes in Istanbul and Ankara.
Turnout was 84.5 percent.
Opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu said, “The people have voted in favour of democracy, they have chosen democracy.”
In the economic hub and largest city Istanbul, Republican People’s Party candidate was more than 22,000 votes ahead of his AKP opponent.
A currency crisis began in August and tipped the economy into recession.
With inflation and unemployment rising, voters were ready to punish Erdogan.
A European group observing the elections criticised curbs on the free expression of citizens and journalists.
The group said, it was unsure whether the Turkey electoral environment was free and fair.