What Happened: Turkish prosecutors have launched 32 investigations into claims of irregularities in the March 31 local elections, the Anadolu Agency reported May 2.
Why It Matters: The investigations suggest that the results from Turkey's March 31 local elections are not finalized. The probes also indicate that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the administration of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan retain significant influence over the country's judiciary and Turkish prosecutors.
Background: AKP officials have reportedly begun to publicly question the value of their party's alliance with ultranationalists, with some blaming the partnership with the Nationalist Movement Party for losses in municipal elections.
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