Opposition slams decision for re-run Istanbul vote as ‘coup’

Erdogan’s party claimed the vote was marred by irregularities.

7 May 2019 | 10:21

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 7 May 2019 | 10:21

Ekrem Imamoglu, the opposition, Republican People's Party's (CHP) mayoral candidate in Istanbul, waves to supporters during a rally in Istanbul, late Monday, May 6, 2019. (AP Photo)

ANKARA, Turkey: Turkey’s opposition is denouncing a decision by the country’s electoral board to force a re-run of the mayoral race in Istanbul.

The Supreme Electoral Board ruled Monday in favor of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s governing party, which challenged the outcome of the March 31 election won by Ekrem Imamoglu. A new vote in Istanbul will be held on June 23.

Erdogan’s party claimed the vote was marred by irregularities.

Meral Aksener, leader of a nationalist party which backed Imamoglu, said Tuesday that the “will of the people has been trampled on.” And opposition newspaper Birgun branded the decision a “coup” and argued that justice had “been suspended.”

The Turkish lira extended losses against the dollar on Tuesday amid the political uncertainty.

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