The main opposition candidate for the post of mayor of Istanbul won the support of another small leftist party on Sunday, in a move that would give him a small number of additional votes, but crucial in the next run-off to the city elections.
Turkey’s Supreme Electoral Commission has ordered the re-election of Ekrem Imamoglu of the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) to Ben Ali Yildirim of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).
According to the results of the recount, the difference between the candidates was 14 thousand ballots.
The Turkish newspaper “Cumhuriyet” that the candidate of the small Democratic Left Party announced on Sunday that it will support Imamoglu, by withdrawing from the vote during the re-election scheduled for June 23.
The Democratic Left Party won about 30,000 and 800 votes in the March elections.
The announcement came only days after the withdrawal of the Communists, who won 10,500 votes from the race to support the candidate of the Republican People’s Party.
When the High Electoral Commission on Monday ordered the re-election, it cited alleged abuses alleged by the Justice and Development Party led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The Republican People’s Party and other opposition parties accused Erdogan of meddling in the electoral commission’s work.