Incomprehensible: German FM decries Istanbul election re-run in latest escalation with Ankara

      German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has condemned Turkeys decision to re-run the contentious Istanbul mayoral election amid a long-running diplomatic dispute between the two countries.       

Turkeys election commission ordered a do-over of the March 31 Istanbul mayoral election in a move which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described as the “best step” for the country. Istanbul is a key economic region in Turkey and accounts for a sizeable chunk of public spending.

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“We see this decision as the best step that will strengthen our will to solve problems within the framework of democracy and law,” Erdogan told his Justice and Development Party (AKP) members in parliament, following widespread allegations of “irregularities and corruption” in the voting process leveled against opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu.

The main opposition party CHP has stated that it will not boycott the June 23 election re-run despite its candidate Imamoglu winning the majority of votes by a narrow margin in March, according to Turkish broadcaster NTV.

However, German Foreign Minister Maas said the will of the Turkish voters was being ignored in Mondays decision to re-run the election.

“The decision of the High Election Board to annul the local election in Istanbul and order a re-run is in our view not transparent and not comprehensible,” Maas said.

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