In his first public appearance after the overwhelming defeat of the Istanbul Mayor's re-election, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised on Tuesday to learn lessons and make adjustments in line with "people's messages."
In addressing lawmakers from his ruling party in Erdogan, he once again congratulated opposition candidate Eskem Imamoglu, who won 54.21% of the vote in Istanbul on Sunday to become mayor of Istanbul. Erdogan previously greeted Imamoglu in a tweet.
Sunday results became a rare election defeat for Erdogan and broke the ten-year rule of the ruling Islamic Party of the most important city in Turkey. It was also a personal blow to Erdogan, whose rise in Turkish politics began with his election as mayor of Istanbul 25 years ago.
"In accordance with our political understanding, we can not get angry or worry about or blame people," Erdogan told lawmakers in his party, "We have no luxury in silencing the mind and ignoring the messages given by people."
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He said his ruling party, expected to meet later on Tuesday, will identify its "omissions, disunity and mistakes "and will look for ways to correct them
In a similar fashion is Erdogan in his speech celebrating the anniversary of last year's election victory, which also opened a new political system by removing the prime minister's cabinet and significantly expanding the president's powers Critics say the system has ruined democracy and paved the way for the government of one person.
Erdogan said people and the country had "accepted" and "adapted" to the new system, but said a committee led by Vice President Fuat Oktai
A few hours later, Kemal Kilicharoglu, oyto heads the main opposition party, supported Imamoglu called new presidential system be abolished.
In a statement to journalists leaving parliament, Erdogan will not exclude reorganization of the cabinet after Sunday's defeat. "
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The re-election in Istanbul on Sunday was held after the ruling party challenged the first vote on alleged irregularities and for Turkey the electoral commission canceled the results of the Imamoglu mandate in 1