ISTANBUL, MAY 7 - "The decision of the Supreme Electoral Commission" to repeat the administrative vote of March 31 in Istanbul "is an important step that will strengthen our democracy. The will of almost 15 thousand people who had voted for the AKP had been usurped ". Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said this in his first declaration after the cancellation of the election as mayor of Ekrem Imamoglu.
"The popular will has been trampled". This was said this morning by Meral Aksener, leader of the opposition Iyi party in Turkey, after the decision of the Supreme Electoral Commission to cancel for alleged fraud the victory of the opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu in Istanbul last March 31 and to have the vote repeated. on June 23rd. A member of the Social Democrat CHP, Imamoglu was also supported by IYI and other minor forces. His measure success after 25 years removed the leadership of the metropolis on the Bosphorus to the Islamic conservatives of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.