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No weapon was left but used by Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) against opposition candidate Akram Emamoglu in the crucial Istanbul election later this month.

Erdogan's deputy, Ibrahim Ademir, accused the opposition Republican People's Party candidate Akram Emamoglu of "building a statue" of a Greek Cypriot leader in Istanbul's Belek-Dozo district, whose mayor was Imam Oglu. Between 2014 and 2019.

 Ademir said the Cypriot leader was "responsible for the deaths of dozens of Turks," the Turkish daily Gomhurit reported on its website.

Erdogan's deputy points to Makarios III, the first president of the Republic of Cyprus after gaining independence in 1960.

The statue, however, turned out to be Rauf Denktash, the first president of the separatist Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, who is not internationally recognized.

Makarios also appears in the artwork, but in a very small form, on his edge, in the embodiment of the negotiation with Denktash.

"Makarios killed dozens of our brothers in Cyprus and dedicated his life to anti- IslamicTurkish ," he said.

"If this man (Akram Emamoglu) wins in Istanbul, he will complete what he started at Belek Dozo."

Turkey's largest city, Istanbul, is due to be re-elected on June 23, with some 10 million eligible voters expected to participate.

The Republican People's Party candidate, Akram Emamoglu, defeated his rival Justice and Development Party (AKP) candidate Ben Ali Yildirim, close to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in the March 31 municipal elections.

But the AKP refused to acknowledge the result, which was a major blow to him, especially since he considered the victory in Istanbul a crucial issue.

The party used various means to cancel the elections and attack the opposition Republican People's Party, including the "conspiracy" theory.

As a result of these desperate attempts, Turkey's Supreme Election Commission (IHEC) bowed to the beginning of May and ordered the re-election of Istanbul, after it said it had reached "dozens of violations" on how to form the teams responsible for polling stations.

It sparked a wave of international criticism, while the Turkish opposition confirmed its confidence in winning the re-election.

Translation: Adar Press.

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