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Polls closed Sunday (June 23, 2019) in the re-election of the Istanbul mayor, which has become a referendum on the policies of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and a test of Turkey's weak democracy, according to many observers of the Turkish issue. Preliminary results are expected in the next few hours in Turkey's largest city.

In the first ballot, which was held on 31 March and subsequently annulled, the Republican People's Party candidate Akram Emamoglu narrowly defeated the ruling Justice and Development Party (PJD) candidate Ben Ali Yildirim.

The candidate, who is close to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, former Prime Minister Ben Ali Yildirim and Republican People's Party (AKP) candidate Akram Emoğlu, who narrowly won the previous ballot, is competing for this. A number of observers believe that these new elections will weaken Erdogan, whatever the outcome.

After the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) submitted a series of appeals, the SCER canceled the vote and called for new elections on June 23. In its resolution, the Commission referred to a series of irregularities, particularly concerning the selection of polling station heads, and considered the number of questionable ballots to exceed 300,000.

However, other questions remain, especially on the reason for the cancellation of the results of the Istanbul municipality presidency and not the results of the members of the municipal council closest to the majority of the Justice and Development Party. Analysts say the Turkish government is sticking to Istanbul because the city gives its mayor huge resources and a political platform of the first degree.

Aisha Iata, a political science professor at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, said that if Emam Oglu wins again, it could create "a big mess within the AKP." She adds that this will undermine the image of the "electoral machine" that is resistant to the loss of the party, and will strengthen the trends of dissent within it.
For Berk İshin, a professor at the University of Ankara, the victory of imam oglu will give him a national status that will threaten the Turkish president in the long term.

Many experts believe that if Ben Ali Yildirim wins, victory will be expensive because it will follow the problematic decision to cancel the previous ballot. Ayesha Iata said the international community "will lose more confidence in the democratic process in Turkey."

AH / MAM (Reuters)

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