AKP slams 'dictatorships' criticizing Turkish vote
ANKARA- Anadolu Agency
Dictatorships and countries with sham democracies have no standing to criticize Turkey's weekend elections, said the spokesperson of Turkey's ruling party on April 2.
Çelik blasted the "dictators" in the region "who win 99 percent of the vote in elections that have less than 10 percent voter turnout."
He added that the 84 percent voter turnout in Sunday's local elections is proof of the strength of Turkish democracy.
Turning to the party's challenge of preliminary results in the Istanbul mayoral race, Çelik said the party abides by the rules and regulations of the Supreme Election Council and will continue to closely follow the process under the law.
Çelik called on main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) to avoid "harmful" remarks and "manipulative actions."
"This is a legal and transparent process observed by the representatives of all parties. We must avoid premature explanations," Çelik said.