In many districts of Istanbul, loud protests were heard as residents banged pots and pans — a traditional symbol of anger after the order to have a re-run of Istanbul’s local elections.
Turkey’s main opposition on Monday accused authorities of “plain dictatorship” after officials ordered a re-run of elections in Istanbul where President Tayyip Erdogan’s party suffered a surprise defeat.
Euronews reports that CHP Deputy Chairman Onursal Adiguzel said it appeared “illegal” to defeat Erdogan’s AK Party after an election panel annulled the March 31 result. “This system that overrules the will of the people and disregards the law is neither democratic nor legitimate,” he wrote on Twitter. “This is plain dictatorship.”
The CHP won in the capital Ankara and Istanbul for the first time in 25 years, in a major setback for Erdogan, who himself served as Istanbul’s mayor in the 1990s. Ekrem Imamoglu was declared the winner and has taken up office as mayor of Istanbul.
Euronews adds that the European Parliament’s Turkey rapporteur, Kati Piri, said the decision had been made under pressure from Erdogan’s party. “Erdogan does not accept defeat and goes against the will of the people,” she said. “This ends the credibility of democratic transition of power through elections in Turkey.”