May 19 2019

West paints Istanbul election rerun as a presidential election, says Turkish President

Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan on Saturday said the West was painting the rerun of Istanbul's mayoral election in June as a presidential election, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

“This (rerun election in Istanbul) is not a general election, a cabinet election or a presidential election. But, how the West, the world try to describe it? As if like there will be a presidential election and with the election on June 23, or May 31, Erdoğan will be gone, and someone else will replace him," Erdoğan said in a televised question and answer session with university students in Istanbul.

The European Union (EU) and leading member states sharply criticised the decision to rerun financial powerhouse Istanbul's mayoral election, after the main opposition candidate Ekrem İmamoğlu narrowly won the local polls. The EU’s foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini, Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Mass, as well as various politicians in the European Parliament, swiftly voiced concern and disbelief over Turkish electoral board's fresh election ruling.

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