Turkey denounces US remarks on Istanbul elections

Orient Net 2019-05-09 08:19:00

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The Turkish Foreign Ministry criticized Thursday remarks by the US on the annulment of mayoral elections in Istanbul, saying that everybody must respect the decision of Turkey's top election body.

In a statement, the ministry underlined that the Supreme Election Council's (YSK) decision was due to unlawful elements detected in the whole process and was independent of the election outcome.

The ministry also pointed out that similar incidents had occurred in the US as well as other countries in the past, and all had been resolved within the principles of democracy.

The ministry was reacting to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's comments Wednesday, expressing the US expects the election process to continue in accordance with democratic values since it would benefit all.

Underlining the expectation for the polls to be handled in a free, fair and transparent environment, the US said that a healthy Turkish democracy would serve the benefit of not only Turkey but also all of its allies, including the US The statement emphasized that democratic elections would assist an atmosphere that is a stable, wealthy and trustworthy alliance.