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UPDATE – Opposition urges respect for Istanbul revote decision

UPDATE WITH MORE REMARKS BY MHP LEADER</p> <p>By Muhammet Emin Avundukluoglu </p> <p>ANKARA (AA) – A Turkish opposition leader on Wednesday called for respecting the Supreme Election Council’s (YSK) decision of a do-over election in Istanbul. </p> <p>Devlet Bahceli, head of Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), was speaking at his party’s parliamentary group meeting in the capital Ankara. </p> <p>Bahceli said his party &quot;surely&quot; respects the decision of the YSK, adding: &quot;We are waiting for everyone to pose the same attitude and same moral consistency.&quot; </p> <p>He said that the YSK registered the irregularity in Istanbul election in the March 31 local elections. </p> <p>&quot;All discussions are over. Everybody should respect YSK's decision, Bahceli added. </p> <p>On Monday, the YSK accepted the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party's objection to the local election results in Istanbul with seven votes in favor and four against. </p> <p>It said the decision was taken as some ballot committee members who served during the elections were not civil servants as required by law. </p> <p>The YSK announced that a do-over election in Istanbul will be held on June 23.</p> <p>Touching upon the U.S.’s opposition to Turkey’s purchasing of Russian S-400 missile defense system, Bacheli said the relations between Washington and Ankara are “at the worst level”. </p> <p>&quot;Threatening Turkey with NATO membership and pressuring the country with the statements of economic sanctions is an act far beyond hostility. The U.S. has no right to do this,&quot; he added.</p> <p>Tensions between the U.S. and Turkey have worsened in recent months with Turkey set to begin receiving the advanced S-400 Russian surface-to-air missile system, which Washington says will jeopardize Turkey's role in the F-35 fighter jet program and could trigger congressional sanctions.

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Opposition urges respect for Istanbul revote decision

By Muhammet Emin Avundukluoglu</p> <p>ANKARA (AA) – A Turkish opposition leader on Wednesday called for respecting the Supreme Election Council’s (YSK) decision of a do-over election in Istanbul.</p> <p>Devlet Bahceli, head of Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), was speaking at his party’s parliamentary group meeting in the capital Ankara.</p> <p>Bahceli said his party &quot;surely&quot; respects the decision of the YSK, adding: &quot;We are waiting for everyone to pose the same attitude and same moral consistency.&quot;</p> <p>He said that the YSK registered the irregularity in Istanbul election in the March 31 local elections.</p> <p>&quot;All discussions are over. Everybody should respect YSK's decision, Bahceli added.</p> <p>On Monday, the YSK accepted the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party's objection to the local election results in Istanbul with seven votes in favor and four against.</p> <p>It said the decision was taken as some ballot committee members who served during the elections were not civil servants as required by law.</p> <p>The YSK announced that a do-over election in Istanbul will be held on June 23.

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Istanbul candidates evaluate do-over decision

By Baris Gundogan and Etem Geylan

ANKARA (AA) – Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) held an extraordinary assembly meeting on Tuesday after the top election board’s decision for do-over election in Istanbul.

“A major blow was inflicted on our democracy. We must repair and treat this together, ” CHP Istanbul mayoral candidate Ekrem Imamoglu said of the decision by the Supreme Election Council (YSK).

“I want to tell to our nation and the whole of Istanbul that everything will be alright. Together, we will accomplish much for both our democracy and Istanbul, ” he added.

CHP lawmakers decided the party would not boycott the do-over elections in a parliamentary group meeting on Tuesday.

“We started on this path for Istanbul and to serve Istanbul. We will continue with this goal in upcoming elections as well, ” ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party candidate Binali Yildirim said Monday.

“From the very beginning, my opponent and I stated that the decision of the YSK will be binding and valid for everyone, ” Yildirim said.

Turkey’s Supreme Election Council on Monday announced a do-over election in Istanbul to be held on June 23.

It accepted AK Party's objection to the local election results in Istanbul with seven votes in favor and four against.

YSK said the decision was based on the fact that some officials presiding over ballot boxes in the province during at the elections were not civil servants as is required by law.

Millions of Turkish voters cast their votes nationwide on March 31 in local elections to choose mayors, city council members, and other officials for the next five years.

*Writing by Busra Nur Bilgic

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Istanbul revote decision 'important step for democracy'

By Muhammet Emin Avundukluoglu, Faruk Zorlu and Diyar Guldogan</p> <p>ANKARA (AA) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday called the country’s top election body's decision for a do-over election in Istanbul an &quot;important step in strengthening Turkey's democracy&quot;.</p> <p>&quot;We see this decision of the Turkish Supreme Election Council (YSK), which will remove the shadow over Istanbul elections, an important step in strengthening Turkey's democracy,&quot; Erdogan said during his address to lawmakers of his ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party at parliament group meeting.</p> <p>His remarks came a day after Turkey’s Supreme Election Council (YSK) announced that a do-over election in Istanbul will be held on June 23.</p> <p>The council members accepted the AK Party's objection to the local election results in Istanbul with seven votes in favor and four against.

The YSK said that the decision was taken as some ballot committee members who served during the elections were not civil servants as required by law.

“We sincerely believe organized corruption, utter lawlessness and irregularity occurred in the Istanbul elections, ” he said.