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Turkey vote: Erdogan faces criticism over Istanbul re-run

Posted on AllSides May 7th, 2019
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The European Union called on Turkey's electoral body to explain the controversial decision "without delay".

Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Mass called the rerun "incomprehensible".

Mr Erdogan was also criticised by the French government and by Belgian MEP Guy Verhofstadt, who said Turkey was "drifting towards dictatorship".

The president's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) last month lost the mayorship of Turkey's biggest city by a narrow margin, but Mr Erdogan has refused to accept defeat.

The decision to hold a new vote on 23 June sparked protests across Istanbul on...

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