The Turkish electoral commission, the candidate of the opposition, Ekrem Imamoglu, provisionally declared the winner of the burgemeestersverkiezing in Istanbul. The decision on a repetition of the vote is still in treatment.
Imamoglu, the candidate of the largest opposition party, CHP, received Wednesday, according to the party, although benoemingscertificaat for the burgemeestersambt. But he will have a mandate as possible in the face if the High election commission (YSK) the request of the ruling party AKP president Recep Tayyip Erdogan it and decides to go to new elections for Istanbul to write.
The AKP had Tuesday the request for cancellation and a repeat of the elections of 31 march was submitted to the YSK. When the Commission will decide, is still unclear.
Imamoglu’s supporters celebrated his appointment and welcomed the new mayor at the exit of the town hall. Some of them waved Turkish flags and shouted ” Mayor Ekrem’. On photos is Imamoglu is seen with his framed certificate.
Loss of face for Erdogan
The election victory of the opposition in Istanbul was a turning point. The handelsmetropool was 25 years by islamic-conservative mayors controlled. The defeat in the city is heavy loss of face for Erdogan, who himself once mayor of Istanbul.
Imamoglu won the local election with a margin of approximately 24,000 votes to ex-prime minister Binali Yildirim. After the objection of the AKP and a recount of the votes in different districts was the difference, however, has become smaller, but not enough to be the ruling party to win. The request for a recount of all the votes in Istanbul had the election commission rejected.
The AKP and president Recep Tayyip Erdogan are of the opinion that the mood in Istanbul is irregular expired. AKP vice-president Ali Ihsan Yavuz said that his party’s three suitcases with documents to the electoral commission in Ankara has brought irregularities to prove.