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Erdogan’s Party Insists on Extraordinary Appeal for Istanbul Re-run

Erdogan’s Party Insists on Extraordinary Appeal for Istanbul Re-run

Monday, 15 April, 2019 - 10:30
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters during a rally for the upcoming local elections, in Istanbul, Turkey March 12, 2019. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
Ankara - Saeed Abdelrazek
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) has worsened the dispute on the results of the local elections in Istanbul, announcing that it will make an extraordinary appeal for a re-run of the vote in the city.

Ali Ihsan Yavuz, AKP deputy chairman, said the ruling party is preparing to make an extraordinary appeal to the country’s electoral council on the March 31 local poll results in Istanbul.

“We will submit our petition to Turkey’s Supreme Election Council (YSK) very soon,” Yavuz said in a Twitter post.

Unofficial results of the elections revealed the victory of Republican People’s Party (CHP) candidate Ekrem Imamoglu over AKP’s candidate Binali Yildirim with a difference of 29,000 votes.

AKP submitted objections and appeals before the YSK demanding a vote recount in eight districts and a recount of invalid votes in all of the 39 districts of Istanbul.

The recount showed that Imamoglu, the opposition’s candidate, is still in the lead, although the difference shrank to 14,000 votes.

Muharrem Ince, CHP deputy chairman, stated that there are attempts to pressure YSK members to relinquish their position regarding Erdogan's attempt for a re-run of the Istanbul vote.

Former President Abdullah Gul called on his former party - AKP - to put an end to the dispute on the result of the elections, warning the current situation is harmful to Turkey.

“Turkey hasn’t witnessed (a similar situation) for the past 70 years,” he said.

Temel Karamollaoglu, the head of the Islamist Felicity Party, accused Erdogan into turning the country into an “empire of intimidation,” saying voters have chosen AKP candidates out of fear of the consequences of its loss.

In the same context, the Izmir Bar Association rejected the AKP claims of irregularities in the voting process. Further, the Ankara Bar Association criticized the practices of the ruling party against anyone who rejected to vote in its favor.

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