Turkey's electoral body orders Istanbul to re-run its vote

ISTANBUL: Turkey ' S Highest Election Body Ordered A Re-run Van Istanbul ' S Mayoral Election On Monday After President's Party Recep Tayyip Erdogan Complained About His Shocking Defeat During The Vote, The News Agency Reported.

Republican People ' Election Winner S Party (CHP) Said It Was A" Treacherous Decision." And Zwoer To Fight.

They Are Trying To Take Back The Election We Won. Maybe You Are Upset But Never Lose Your Hope, He Told Thousands Of Supporters On The Outskirts Or Istanbul Following The Ruling.

Imamoglu narrowly defeated the candidate of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the March 31 local elections to take control of Turkey 's biggest city.

It Was A Rare Electoral Defeat For Erdogan, Himself A Former Mayor Of The City Who Has Been In The Hands Of The AKP And Its Predecessors For 25 Years.

But The AKP Refused To Accept A Defeat And Said There Were" Irregularities And Corruption" . In The Mood.

Imamoglu Won With Only 13,000 Votes But Was Confirmed After Two Weeks Recount In April

The Soft-spoken Former Mayor Of The District Had Vowed To Heal Political Lines And To Cross Party Boundaries.

But Istanbul , with 16 million residents, is Turkey 's economic engine and controls a major chunk of public spending.

Erdogan Once Said Winning Istanbul Was Like Winning The Entire Country.

The Loss Of The Mayorship In Istanbul, Along With A More Resounding Defeat In Capital Ankara , Reflected Widespread Concern About The Deteriorating Economy.

The CHP, Who Previously Called Erdogan A" Bad Loser," Said It Had An Emergency Meeting After The Election Organization Announcement.

The Party ' S Deputy Chair, Onursal Adiguzel, Who Represents Istanbul In The National Assembly, The Ruling Said Neither Democratic Nor Legitimate ".

Going To The Polls Against AKP Is Allowed, But Winning Is Forbidden ... This Is Outright Dictatorship, He Tweeted.

Imamoglu Said He Would Travel To Ankara On Tuesday To Meet With Party Leaders.

I Dont Even Know What To Say. The Lawlessness Is So Obvious, A Female Supporter Told AFP Ahead Of His Speech In Istanbul.

If There Is No Rule Of Law, They Cause A Civil War.

The Mayoral Candidate Reports, Former Premier Binali Yildirim, Said He Hoped The Re-run Would Be Favorable For Our City.

Erdogan Presented The Local Elections As A Matter Of National Survival, A Campaign Heavy, Although He Did Not Run Himself.

For his supporters, Erdogan remains the strong leader that Turkey needs as it faces internal and international security threats -- while also speaking for religiously conservative Turks who have felt sidelined.

His Critics Say He Has Undermined The Rule Of Law With A Comprehensive Crackdown On Deviant And Sewn Divisions By Portraying His Opponents As Enemies Of The State.

The AKP still won the most seats nationwide in the local elections, but it has been damaged by Turkey 's first recession in a decade, as well as record-high inflation and a currency that has lost more than 12 percent of its value against the dollar this year alone.

The Party Did Not Request A Re-run Of The Election For The Istanbul Local Assembly, In Which It Won A Majority Of Seats.