"Elections are backbone of democracies. According to the result as of now, my competitor Ekrem Imamoglu is leading the race," AK Party's Binali Yildirim says.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he believes lawlessness and irregularities occurred in Istanbul mayoral elections. Opposition Republican People's Party says the decision to renew the vote is "neither democratic nor legitimate."
The leader of Turkey's main opposition party, Republican People's Party (CHP), was confronted and assaulted when he attended a soldier's funeral in Ankara on Sunday. President Erdogan has described it as "an unwelcome act of violence."
The switch to a presidential system has breathed new life into Turkey's democracy.
Turkey's elections produced many winners, democracy was one. But also a wide spectrum of ideas representing all of Turkey have found a place inside parliament.
A court official said Celal Celik was detained over alleged ties to the Gulen network, blamed for the July 2016 attempted coup in Turkey. Celik is the lawyer of main opposition CHP chief Kemal Kilicdaroglu, who slammed the arrest.
A day after the attempted 2016 coup attempt, politicians from all parties in parliament came together on July 16 to issue a joint condemnation. This declaration underlined a parliamentary commitment to democracy.
The main opposition CHP responded to the electoral board's decision by saying it would employ all legal ways to appeal the referendum.
Ankara says US must fulfill its commitment to keep PYD and YPG away from the Turkish border instead of viewing Operation Euphrates Shield with skepticism.
Interior Minister Efkan Ala says PKK terrorists are behind the attack on the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu who escaped the attack without injury, while a soldier lost his life.
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