Protest in Istanbul after YSK decision: Imamoglu made the first statement

Protest in Istanbul after YSK decision: Imamoglu made the first statement
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  • calendar-gray 07 May 2019

The decision of the Supreme Election Council has been met with protest in Istanbul. Based on the decision of seven of the 11 members of the CEC, the results of the Istanbul local elections were canceled, ONAreports quoting Turkish media.

Hundreds of people came out on the streets at night, protesting against the decision.

Ekrem İmamoğlu, a candidate for the Istanbul local Elections from the Republican People’s Partyof (CHP), commented on the decision: "I will wait for the decision of Supreme Election Council, and then wait for me” during Iftar dinner.

In a speech to thousands of his supporters, Mr Imamoglu “condemned” the electoral board, accusing it of “bowing its head to threats”, but urged followers to remain calm.

“The people chose me. We are the Turkish youth who are thirsting for justice and believe in democracy,” he said. “We won’t give up and we are determined to conduct this process in a sound fashion.”

In several Istanbul neighbourhoods, residents banged pots and pans from apartment windows to sound their protest.

He also advised his supporters not to lose their hopes: "Some of them will make mistakes, defective and will do very bad things, but we will always hope together. Everything will be fine. "

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