Deposed Istanbul mayor vows ‘revolution’ for democracy

Ekrem Imamoglu represents the main opposition Republican People's Party. (AFP/File)
Updated 09 May 2019
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Deposed Istanbul mayor vows ‘revolution’ for democracy

  • Ekrem Imamoglu said this will be a revolution once they “carry it to its conclusion”
  • Top Turkish election body annulled the results of the latest mayoral elections

ISTANBUL: Istanbul’s deposed mayor Ekrem Imamoglu, who was stripped of his election victory this week, told AFP he would lead a “revolution” for democracy ahead of next month’s vote re-run.
“What we are doing now is a fight for democracy and mobilization for democracy. It will of course be a revolution once we carry it to its conclusion,” he told AFP.
Turkey’s top election body annulled the results of the March 31 mayoral vote on Monday, after the ruling party of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan alleged “serious corruption” in the count.
“The seven members (of the election body) will take their place in history like a black stain, but it is our responsibility to correct it. We keep on fighting,” said Imamoglu, who represents the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP).


Arab League sends out invites to Arab states to attend summit called by King Salman

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Arab League sends out invites to Arab states to attend summit called by King Salman

The Arab League has sent out invitations to Arab leaders to hold an emergency Arab summit, called by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, to be held in Makkah on May 30 to discuss the attacks on commercial ships.

Two oil pump stations were attacked earlier this week in Saudi Arabia by the Iran-backed Houthi militia, just days after four commercial ships were sabotaged off the coast of the UAE.  

The Council of the League will discuss the immolations of the attacks to regional and international peace, as well as the stability of the oil markets.