TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - The Istanbul mayoral candidate of the TKP, Zehra Guner Karaoglu, received 10,492 votes in the March 31 local election, which was won by the Republican People's Party (CHP) candidate Ekrem Imamoglu. He beat President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party candidate by some 13,000 votes but his victory was annulled.
"The government didn't like the results of the election won by Imamoglu and canceled it. This is a tyranny that exceeds the accustomed patterns of politics," Karaoglu told her party's newspaper after submitting her withdrawal application to the election board.
On Thursday, another small center-right party also said it would not take part in the June 23 election. So far at least three parties have withdrawn candidates though not all have explicitly backed the CHP.
The decision by election authorities to re-run the Istanbul vote has fueled concerns about an erosion of democracy and unnerved financial markets, including the already ailing lira currency.