Istanbul's new mayor Ekrem Imamoglu said that people of Istanbul showed their commitment to democracy when they cast their ballots for a second time on June 23, while speaking to the press in Turkey's capital on Friday.
«This is the process which started with the cancellation of the March 31 election by the High Electoral Commission, [which] is something not often seen in the world, and seen for... Еще the first time in our country. For sure we didn't want to experience something like this,» said the mayor, referring to the Turkish authorities' decision to cancel the results of a first vote on March 23, citing irregularities after he won 48.8% of the vote.
«It has also clinched the resolve and determination of this nation for democracy,» Imamoglu added.
Imamoglu, who took office on Thursday after a rerun of the vote, won 54.21 percent to AK Party candidate's Binali Yildirim 45.15 percent, bringing to an end Erdogan’s AK Party's 25-year rule in the city.