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Turkey: Erdogan's AKP demands new vote in Istanbul01:02

Turkey: Erdogan's AKP demands new vote in Istanbul

Turkey, Ankara
April 9, 2019 at 19:08 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Justice and Development Party (AKP) will file an extraordinary appeal seeking to cancel the election results in Istanbul, as Deputy Chairman of AKP, Ali Ihsan Yavuz said in Ankara on Tuesday.

"We will use this way of objection because of all those things we have been telling. We will say that there are events and situations which might have affected the results of the elections directly, that's why we are using the extraordinary objection way and we will ask for a do-over of the Istanbul elections," said Ali Ihsan Yavuz.

The party claims that irregularities in the voting process took place during Istanbul's mayoral election.

Last week, the country's High Election Board ordered a complete recount in three of Istanbul's districts and a recount of only invalid ballots in 15 districts, after an appeal from the AKP. The party of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suffered a defeat in the country's largest city in local elections, with the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) coming out slightly ahead. The board later decided that there would be a full recount in those 15 districts as well.

On March 31, Turkish voters cast their votes nationwide in the local elections. Apart from Istanbul, the AKP lost control of several major cities including the country's capital Ankara and Izmir.

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The Justice and Development Party (AKP) will file an extraordinary appeal seeking to cancel the election results in Istanbul, as Deputy Chairman of AKP, Ali Ihsan Yavuz said in Ankara on Tuesday.

"We will use this way of objection because of all those things we have been telling. We will say that there are events and situations which might have affected the results of the elections directly, that's why we are using the extraordinary objection way and we will ask for a do-over of the Istanbul elections," said Ali Ihsan Yavuz.

The party claims that irregularities in the voting process took place during Istanbul's mayoral election.

Last week, the country's High Election Board ordered a complete recount in three of Istanbul's districts and a recount of only invalid ballots in 15 districts, after an appeal from the AKP. The party of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suffered a defeat in the country's largest city in local elections, with the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) coming out slightly ahead. The board later decided that there would be a full recount in those 15 districts as well.

On March 31, Turkish voters cast their votes nationwide in the local elections. Apart from Istanbul, the AKP lost control of several major cities including the country's capital Ankara and Izmir.

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