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Apr 12 2019

Ruling alliance supporters stop recount in Istanbul district, opposition MP says

A group of supporters of the ruling party and its alliance partners entered the hall where a recount is taking place in the Istanbul district of Maltepe on Friday and forced the count to stop, a deputy for the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) said.

CHP deputy Barış Yarkadaş posted footage of a group he said showed supporters of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its far-right alliance partners the Nationalist Movement Party attempting to force their way into the hall.

The incident reportedly took place after the local electoral board demanded a faster count of votes cast in the March 31 local elections.

Reports state the count has been stopped after a police intervention, and will resume on Saturday morning.

The initial count indicated that the CHP candidate, Ekrem İmamoğlu, had won the mayor’s seat for Istanbul in the March 31 election. The Supreme Election Council ordered a full recount across the city after the AKP challenged the results.

The AKP has applied for a re-run in Istanbul after alleging widespread fraud in the city. The electoral council announced it would make its final decision on the re-run after a full recount is complete.