Opposition is also likely to win city parliaments in Istanbul and Ankara

Two days after the opposition’s surprising victory in Turkey’s mayoral elections, it is expected to have another triumph in the city parliaments in Istanbul and Ankara.

According to preliminary figures, the center-left CHP party is replacing the AKP as the strongest force in both representations, a member of the electoral authority said on Tuesday.

Erdoğan called them “lame ducks”

The CHP also won the mayoral positions in the two important cities in the 2019 local elections, but did not win the majority in the city parliaments. The mayors – Ekrem Imamoğlu in Istanbul and Mansur Yavas in Ankara – repeatedly complained about being blocked by the majority of the Islamic conservative AKP. At the time, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan described them as “lame ducks”.

Imamoğlu, for example, accused the city parliament of hindering loans for his projects or delaying construction projects. In Ankara, Yavaş accused the city parliament of blocking the expansion of a sewage treatment plant. Any investment would be prevented, it was said from those close to Mayor Yavaş.

Both CHP politicians also repeatedly accuse the central government of politically motivated blockades. According to the Istanbul administration, the Ministry of Economic Affairs delayed approval of metro projects, while other ministries blocked Corona aid for the population in Istanbul. Imamoglu also accused Erdogan’s central government of cutting off his money. The municipality of Istanbul has not received a loan from any state bank since 2019.

By Editor

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