On his first public appearance since a devastating defeat in a re-election to mayor of Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Tuesday to learn lessons and make adjustments in line with "people's messages".
Erdogan again congratulated the opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu, who received 54.21% of the vote as mayor of Istanbul on Sunday in Istanbul, before the legislature of his ruling party in parliament. Erdogan had previously congratulated Imamoglu on a tweet.
Sunday's results were a rare electoral defeat for Erdogan, breaking the decades-long influence of the Islamic governing party on Turkey's most important city. It was also a personal blow for Erdogan, whose rise to Turkish politics began with his own election as mayor of Istanbul 25 years ago.
"Erdogan told the legislators of his party," We do not have the luxury of having a deaf ear and ignoring the people's messages, "
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he told his governing party The meeting is scheduled for a later Tuesday to identify "shortcomings, disagreements and mistakes" and seek ways to remedy them.
Erdogan celebrated a similar development in his speech the anniversary of last year's electoral victory, which was also ushered in a new political system by the abolition of the Prime Minister's office, and widened the powers of the President: critics say the system undermined democracy and paved the way for one-man rule. Erdogan said the people and the country had "accepted" and "adapted" the new system, but stated that it had a committee s under the direction of Vice President Fuat Oktay nevertheless be formed to assess possible shortcomings.
Hours later, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, who led the main opposition party supporting Imamoglu, called for the abolition of the new presidential system.
"Let's pick up this one-man regime and build a democratic system," said Kilicdaroglu in a speech in parliament.
Speaking to journalists on his way out of Parliament, Erdogan did not rule out a reshuffle on Sunday's defeat.
"If one is necessary, we will do it, but we will not take any orders," Erdogan said.
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The re-election on Sunday took place in Istanbul after the ruling party had challenged the first vote on alleged irregularities and that of Turkey's electoral committee annulled the results and revoked the mandate of Imamoglu after 1
The victory electrified the secular party, which had been in feudal opposition for almost two decades when Erdogan strengthened his power. In the local elections on March 31, the opposition also conquered the city of Ankara.