Opposition nationalist party leader calls Istanbul vote rerun a coup

Turkey's opposition nationalist Good (İYİ) Party leader on Tuesday denounced a rerun decision of Istanbul's local elections by the country's electoral board, defining the ruling as a "coup" against the country, Diken new website reported.

"The universal values and rules of democracy were clear. No one has the right to interfere in the rules of the judiciary and democracy. We completely reject this coup," Meral Akşener said during her party's weekly parliamentary meeting.

Akşener said the balloting committee chairs for the local elections on March 31 and June 24 elections in which Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was elected Turkey's President were the same, demanded the officials to be inspected.

The Good Party and the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) formed an alliance ahead of the local elections where CHP candidate Ekrem İmamoğlu won mayor of Istanbul.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) challenged the results and appealed for annulation and rerun of the polls in the country's financial powerhouse. On May 6, the Supreme Election Council accepted the AKP's appeal and ruled on a new election in Istanbul which will be held on June 23.