Baku, Azerbaijan, June 18
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
The candidate from Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Binali Yildirim will win the repeated municipal elections in Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, Trend reports referring to Turkish media June 18.
Everyone knows that during the municipal elections March 31 in Istanbul, the results were rigged, Erdogan said.
“The holding of repeated elections in Istanbul isn’t related to political reasons, but is intended to comply with legal norms,” Erdogan noted.
On April 17, Turkey’s Supreme Electoral Council (YSK) officially announced the results of the municipal election in Istanbul. According to YSK, the candidate for the position of the head of the Istanbul municipality from the opposition Republican People’s Party Ekrem Imamoglu received 4.169 million votes, while the candidate from the Justice and Development Party Binali Yildirim received 4.156 million votes.
YSK issued a mandate to Ekrem Imamoglu for the position of the Head of the Istanbul municipality, while AKP recently officially appealed to YSK to hold the repeat elections in Istanbul.
Shortly after the elections, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the results of the municipal elections in Istanbul may be annulled.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chairman of AKP Ali Ihsan Yavuz said that the ruling party demanded to hold new municipal elections.
Thirteen political parties took part in the municipal elections held on March 31. These included the Felicity Party (SP), the Independent Turkey Party (Bağımsız Türkiye Partisi), the Communist Party of Turkey (Türkiye Komünist Partisi), the Patriotic Party (Vatan Partisi), the Great Unity Party (Büyük Birlik Partisi), Free Cause Party (Hür Dava Partisi), Republican People’s Party (Cumhuriyet Halk Partisi), Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi), Democratic Party (Demokrat Parti), Nationalist Movement Party (Milliyetçi Hareket Partisi), Iyi Party (İYİ Parti), Peoples’ Democratic Party (Halkların Demokratik Partisi) and Democratic Left Party (Demokratik Sol Parti).
Following the elections, candidate of the Republican People’s Party Mansur Yavas became Mayor of Ankara.
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