Turkey’s Erdoğan warns business on criticising Istanbul vote rerun

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday rebuked business people criticising the ruling to rerun the mayoral election in Istanbul, NTV news channel reported.

"We see that some business associations have been making bizarre statements," Erdoğan said in a speech to lawmakers of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in parliament, "everybody should know one's place" he added.

The Turkish president said business people should know their place otherwise he would "change his mind about them".

"As we underscored before the announcement of results of March 31 local elections, returning back to an election atmosphere is worrying in times when we need to focus on extensive economic and democratic reform agendas," the Turkish Industry and Business Association said on Twitter following the country's Supreme Election Council's decision on Monday to annul and rerun mayoral election in Istanbul.