Protesters cry foul in key Turkey elections

Updated 01 April 2014

Protesters cry foul in key Turkey elections

ANKARA: Turkey’s secular opposition on Tuesday rejected the results of Ankara and Istanbul mayoral elections claimed as victories by the Islamic-rooted party of Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan, citing “irregularities.”
More than 1,000 people demonstrated outside the elections authority in the capital Ankara, where the incumbent mayor of Erdogan’s ruling party has declared victory with a wafer-thin margin of about one percent.
“Thief Tayyip!” the protesters chanted, while others yelled, “Ankara, don’t sleep. Stand up for your vote!“
Turkey’s two biggest cities were the top prizes in Sunday’s elections, in which Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) declared sweeping wins despite graft claims and earlier mass street protests.
The municipal polls were seen as a referendum on the 11-year-rule of Erdogan, who is popular for driving strong economic growth but has been accused of an increasingly authoritarian ruling style.
Claims of election fraud have circulated on social media.
“We have evidence of irregularities,” CHP lawmaker Aykan Erdemir claimed to AFP. “More than 1,000 volunteers have been working for over 48 hours to check data at party headquarters.”
Opposition candidate Mansur Yavas wrote on Twitter that a recount “will reveal the truth” — the message itself defying an official ban on the site, which has been used to leak corruption claims against Erdogan’s inner circle.
But Yavas also urged his Twitter followers to show “restraint” against “any kind of provocation.”


Libya’s Haftar says any cease-fire would be contingent on Turkish withdrawal

Updated 36 min 7 sec ago

Libya’s Haftar says any cease-fire would be contingent on Turkish withdrawal

  • The internationally recognized government suspended talks hosted by the United Nations to halt warfare over Tripoli

MOSCOW: Khalifa Haftar, Libya’s eastern military commander, said he would be ready for a cease-fire if Turkish and Syrian mercenaries left the country and Ankara stopped supplying weapons to Libya’s internationally recognized government in Tripoli, RIA reported.

The internationally recognized government on Tuesday suspended talks hosted by the United Nations to halt warfare over Tripoli after eastern forces shelled the capital’s port, killing three people and almost hitting a highly explosive gas tanker.

“A cease-fire (would be) the result of a number of conditions being fulfilled ...the withdrawal of Syrian and Turkish mercenaries, an end to Turkish arms supplies to Tripoli, and the liquidation of terrorist groups (in Tripoli),” Haftar told Russia’s RIA news agency in an interview.