Opposition to renew Istanbul election wins

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Istanbul – The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Republican People's Party (CHP) of Turkey have reached an agreement to hold a television debate between their candidates, Ben Ali Yildirim and Akram Emamoglu, to head the Greater Istanbul Municipality.

The televised debate will be held directly between the People's Alliance candidate, Ben Ali Yildirim and the candidate of the Ummah Alliance, Akram Emamoglu, on June 16.

On May 6, the Turkish Supreme Election Commission decided to cancel the elections for the Istanbul Grand Presidency, which took place at the end of March, and to re-run it on June 23.

The decision of the Supreme Electoral Commission came in response to the appeals by the Justice and Development Party and by a large majority. Seven members agreed to the appeals against the objection of 4 members.

The vote-counting in Istanbul last March ended in favor of opposition candidate Akram Emamoglu, who previously announced that he would begin his duties as mayor of Istanbul even if the Supreme Electoral Council did not give him a formal mandate.

On 17 April, the Supreme Electoral Commission announced the victory of Akram Emamoglu headed by the Municipality of Istanbul.

The authorities then canceled the result of the election after complaints by the Justice and Development Party of irregularities, ending the mandate of imam oglu less than three weeks later.

The Republican People's Party (CHP) ended the 25-year victory of the ruling AK Party and its predecessors from Islamist-oriented parties in the city.

The defeat was particularly harsh for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who began his political career as mayor of Istanbul in the 1990s.

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Following the decision to re-elect the Istanbul elections, the Turkish opposition stepped up its stance and mobilized its public to counter the decision to revoke the Istanbul elections and re-run them in response to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) request.

In response to these changes, Akram Emamoglu described the decision issued by the Supreme Elections Committee and ruled that his victory in the elections was a betrayal.

An opinion poll conducted at the end of May, conducted for Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), showed that the opposition candidate in the Istanbul municipal elections was ahead of Erdogan's AKP candidate by three percentage points ahead of this month's election.

The opposition candidate continues his strenuous campaign, amid the doubling of volunteers and donations in support of him.

Emoğlu has a more intensive program than the previous elections, taking part in up to seven events a day in the divided Asian and European state, with a population of 15 million.

According to a spokeswoman, a partisan solidarity campaign has raised 15 million lira (2.2 million euros) in donations, mostly from young voters and celebrities.

The number of volunteers in the Emamoglu campaign rose to 150,000, compared with 16,000 in the previous elections, she said, adding that great efforts were being made to ensure that there were observers at all ballot boxes.

The small Turkish opposition parties, which have won tens of thousands of votes in Istanbul, have begun to carry out their promises with the support of Imam Oglu, after the candidates of these parties withdrew for him and directed their electoral rules to give their votes.

"I have withdrawn from running for mayor of Istanbul from the Democratic Left Party," Democratic Party candidate Muammar Eden said in a tweet. "Several small parties are going to support the man in protest against the decision to re-vote.

Eden, who described the commission's decision as illegal, collected more than 30,000 votes in the original vote on March 31, while Emamoglu won only a margin of 13,000 votes out of 10 million eligible voters.

The announcement came only days after the withdrawal of the Communists, who won 10,500 votes from the race to support the candidate of the Republican People's Party.



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