They didn’t vote the way they were supposed to, so there’ll be a whole new election. No, not for Georgia governor, but for Mayor of Istanbul. Based solely on Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s plaint that there were “numerical mistakes,” “irregularities,” and outright “corruption” in that mayoral election—Erdoğan’s party didn’t win there; the Republican People’s Party’s Ekrem Imamoglu did—the Supreme Electoral Council has completely annulled the election and required a new one to be held.
Echoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D, CA) claim that if her Progressive-Democratic Party didn’t win big in 2020, President Donald Trump would refuse to accept the outcome, Erdoğan did just that in Istanbul:
a margin of only 15,000 votes in a city as large as Istanbul was too close to be fair.
He [Erdoğan] said a difference of “13,000 to 14,000 votes” was not enough in a city of 15 million inhabitants.
So his election board tossed the results. This, after AKP spokesman Omer Celik, speaking for Erdoğan, promised
At the end of the day, we will accept the final result regardless of whether it is to our advantage or disadvantage[.]
Former German Greens leader Cem Özdemir, who has Turkish roots suggested that this shows Erdogan to be a
bitter old man, who has long passed the zenith of his power. … In the world of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, everyone who thinks differently to him is a terrorist, and every election he loses is a sham election[.]
Apparently not so far past. And there’s that echo, again.