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May 7, 2019 | Via Bloomberg

Turkey Orders Istanbul Vote Rerun After Erdogan Rejects Defeat

Turkey ordered a re-run of mayoral elections in Istanbul, overturning a rare defeat for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and sending the lira plummeting as concerns grew over what critics say is the latest assault on the rule of law. Erdogan’s party had lost the initial election in Turkey’s largest city and commercial center by a narrow margin to Turkey’s main opposition group, in perhaps his worst ballot-box setback during 16 years in power. European Union foreign-policy chief Federica Mogherini urged Turkey’s government to invite international observers to monitor the revote.

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