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Following the re-election of the mayor of Istanbul, the German government on Monday (June 24, 2019) welcomed the electoral process in Turkey's largest city and its large participation. Berlin also welcomed "not questioning this time" the victory of opposition candidate Akram Emamoglu.

"We welcome the high participation in the elections and the peaceful course in general, all of which are good signals for Turkey," German government spokesman Steffen Zeibert said in Berlin. "A clean and consistent election process is critical to trust in government institutions."

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier praised the results of the Istanbul municipal elections as a "democratic process". "This is a document that Turkish citizens benefit from their freedom to vote," he said on the sidelines of a visit to a special German army site in Lower Saxony. "The result is very clear in Istanbul."

In a related context, the Turkish community in Germany expressed the hope for more democracy in Turkey after the election of Imam Oglu. The head of the community, Jokai Suwońülu, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa that the success of an opposition politician in taking office, despite all the hostility of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), shows the people's desire for change.

It is noteworthy that the Supreme Committee for the Turkish elections announced today that the opposition candidate for 54.21% of the votes in the elections returned to the presidency of Istanbul, which took place on Sunday. Ben Ali Yildirim, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) candidate, narrowly lost the first election on March 31 to Imam Oglu.

But the election commission canceled the result after appeals from the conservative AK Party led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

AH / H (dpa)

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