Opposition’s Imamoğlu says would not appeal loss in fair Istanbul revote

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Istanbul mayoral candidate Ekrem İmamoğlu has said should he suffer defeat in the upcoming mayoral redo he will not object to the results so long as he is convinced the election was fair.

"If the election is fair and we lose, we will not object to the results like the ruling AKP," İmamoğlu told Dubai-based Al Arabiya newscaster.

İmamoğlu narrowly won control of Turkey's biggest city and economic powerhouse on March 31, seemingly ending the 25-year rule over the city of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its Islamist predecessors. However, the ruling AKP appealed the results citing fraud and irregularities at the ballots and the country’s top election council ruled for a rerun of the Istanbul mayoral election to take place on June 23.

‘’I completely believe that 16 million people in Istanbul or a large part of them will not let down Ekrem Imamoglu. This is what we see and notice because there’s no legal logic for the rerun,’’ the 48 year-old- candidate said.

İmamoğlu also said the Istanbul elections represented the presence of democracy in Turkey and the CHP is in a struggle to maintain democracy in the country.

‘’If this struggle ceases to exist so will parties and political life,’’ the CHP candidate added.

CHP’s Imamoglu spent just 17 days as the mayor of Istanbul before the Supreme Election Council (YSK) stripped him of his post.