Opposition Wins Mayoral Elections in Istanbul and Ankara, Expected to Repeat in City Parliaments: CHP Party Now Strongest Force.

By Eleanor Harrison Apr3,2024
Istanbul and Ankara city parliaments could also be won by the opposition

After winning the mayoral elections in Turkey, the opposition is expected to have another victory in the city parliaments of Istanbul and Ankara. According to a member of the electoral authority, preliminary figures show that the center-left CHP party is now the strongest force in both representations.

In 2019, the CHP also won the mayoral positions in these two important cities, but they did not secure a majority in the city parliaments. The mayors, Ekrem Imamoğlu in Istanbul and Mansur Yavas in Ankara, have repeatedly complained about being blocked by the majority of the Islamic conservative AKP. This has led to accusations of hindering loans for projects and delaying construction projects.

Imamoğlu and Yavas have both accused the central government of politically motivated blockades as well. The Istanbul administration claims that the Ministry of Economic Affairs delayed approval of metro projects, while other ministries have reportedly blocked Corona aid for the population. Istanbul’s municipality has not received a loan from any state bank since 2019, which has hindered their ability to fund important projects.

By Eleanor Harrison

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