Erdoğan urges Istanbul residents to vote on June 23 polls
“Did you see how the West and various countries of Europe rejoiced over the person who they thought won the March 31 elections?” Erdoğan asked.
“If someone outside [Turkey] follows the outcome of these elections closer than the people of Istanbul, takes sides, rejoices, or expresses their sadness, it means there's another game going on,” he added.
Rebuffing critics of the new vote, he added: "Our sole purpose in this [election] process has been to ensure that the outcome of the national will was recorded in the most accurate and healthy way.”
Millions of Turkish voters cast their votes nationwide on March 31 in local elections to choose mayors, city council members, mukhtars (village heads), and members of elder councils for the next five years.
But election authorities cancelled the result of the Istanbul mayoral race after the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its electoral partner the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) appealed, citing irregularities and violations of Turkish election law.