Turkey’s top election body ordered a re-run of the Istanbul mayoral election on Monday after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party complained about its shock defeat in the vote, the state news agency reported.
The new election will take place on June 23, according to the state-run TRT broadcaster.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) narrowly lost Turkey’s biggest city in March 31 local elections, ending the party and its predecessors’ 25-year control of the metropolis.
The AKP claims there were “irregularities and corruption” in the vote that required a re-run of the mayoral election, which was won byEkrem Imamoglu, of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) by just 15,000 votes.
Imamoglu received his official mandate aftertwo weeks of recounts, sending shockwaves through the ruling party since Erdogan, former mayor of the city, once said winning Istanbul was like winning the whole of Turkey.