I don’t see what the problem is here, frankly:
Turkey’s electoral body has been condemned for ordering Istanbul’s local elections to be re-held after an opposition victory in March.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party had claimed there were “irregularities and corruption” behind the opposition CHP’s slim win.
But CHP’s Ekrem Imamoglu, who was confirmed as Istanbul’s mayor in April, called the decision “treacherous”.
The vote, which will be held on 23 June, has sparked protests in the city.
Maybe the good citizens of Istanbul didn’t really know what they were voting for? Or perhaps the election was merely advisory? Maybe people were lied to (was there a bus involved)? As Erdogan says, there were “irregularities” and now everyone is better informed, isn’t it only right they go back for another vote “just to be sure”? After all, it’s a big decision and people have a right to change their mind. That’s what democracy is all about, isn’t it?
The European Parliament also said the decision to re-run the election would end the credibility of democratic elections in Turkey.
The EU has always encouraged Turkey to catch up with the rest of Europe. Maybe this is what they’re doing?