A Turkish decision to scrap the result of a vote for Istanbul's mayor lost by President Tayyip Erdogan's candidate is neither transparent nor comprehensible, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Tuesday.
The Supreme Electoral Council of Turkey has recently reported that the repeat municipal elections will be held in Istanbul on June 23.
Mr Imamoglu's party, which called Mr Erdogan a bad loser, said it was holding an emergency meeting after the election commission's announcement.
Over the next few hours, all eyes will be on the little-known administrator of one of Istanbul's municipalities who was able to conquer in just a few weeks enough support to win by a small margin the political heavyweight chosen by Erdogan for the mayoral race, former premier Binali Yildirim.
The controversial decision has increased concerns over democracy and the rule of law in Turkey, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member that is still formally a candidate to join the European Union.
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Onursal Adiguzel, a lawmaker from Istanbul for the leading opposition party CHP,", wrote on Twitter "This is a downright dictatorship.
On Saturday Erdogan said "it's clear" the vote was marred by controversy and urged the YSK to "clear its name" with a re-run. With its nationalist MHP allies, it wanted the Istanbul results annulled and cited irregularities that affected the outcome, which put it some 13,000 votes behind CHP. "Maybe you are upset but never lose your hope", he told thousands of supporters on the outskirts of Istanbul following the ruling.
They concluded the statement by calling on the Turkish government to allow global observers to monitor the rerun election.
The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) has also condemned the decision as "neither democratic nor legitimate" but said it will not boycott the rerun. "This country is filled with 82 million patriots who will fight. until the last moment for democracy".
"Under such leadership, accession talks are impossible", Verhofstadt said, referring to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkey's European Union accession talks, which have been on hold since 2016 anyway.
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The ruling party has since challenged the results in Ankara and Istanbul, which has prompted opposition accusations that they are trying to steal the election.
The loss of the mayorship in Istanbul, along with a more resounding defeat in the capital Ankara, reflected widespread concern over the deteriorating economy.
The lira has lost some 14 percent of its value this year.
The election took place against the backdrop of an economic slowdown in Turkey, amid spiralling inflation, rising unemployment and a devalued currency.
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