May 7, 2019 / 9:32 AM / 3 months ago

Erdogan backs re-run of Istanbul vote after 'organised corruption'

ISTANBUL, May 7 (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that March’s Istanbul election was marred by “organised corruption” and illegality, and that the decision to re-run the vote was an important step towards strengthening democracy.

In a speech to lawmakers from his AK Party in parliament, Erdogan slammed business people criticising the decision to repeat the election on June 23, saying they should know their place.

Reporting by Ali Kucukgocmen and Ezgi Erkoyun; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Jonathan Spicer

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