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New Major of Istanbul Brakes Rule of AKP Party

Ekrem Imamoglu new-major of Istanbul as of 17 April 2019 (Courtesy photo for education only)

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Ekrem Imamoglu new-major of Istanbul as of 17 April 2019 (Courtesy photo for education only)

Ekrem Imamoglu new-major of Istanbul as of 17 April 2019 (Courtesy photo for education only)

(WEBPUBLICA) ISTANBUL - Turkey’s election watchdog has announced the opposition candidate Ekrem İmamoğlu as the winner of the municipal elections in Istanbul and has handed over the mandate nearly two weeks after the local polls closed, ending the 25-year rule of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the country’s largest metropole, Turkish Hurriyet Daily News reported.

The Istanbul provincial body of the Supreme Election Board (YSK) invited İmamoğlu to get his credential in late afternoon on April 17 after it accomplished the recount of votes in Maltepe district of Istanbul.

According to the YSK, Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) İmamoğlu received 4,169,765 votes while the Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) candidate Binali Yıldırım garnered 4,156,036 votes. The difference between the two contenders is 13,729.

A crowd of CHP voters flocked to the Justice Palace in Çağlayan district of Istanbul as İmamoğlu and other CHP officials met YSK officials to get the credential. A handover ceremony between İmamoğlu and outgoing Mayor Mesut Uysal was scheduled to take place later on April 17 at the Istanbul Greater Municipality.

Futile complaints

Istanbul photos by  Dr. Hajat Avdovic (Webpublicapress New York)

Istanbul photos by
Dr. Hajat Avdovic (Webpublicapress New York)

Earlier, the AKP had appealed to the YSK withhold the mandate from İmamoğlu while its appeal for the annulment and renewal of the Istanbul election was assessed. But the election watchdog rejected the appeal because after the recount, the results were clear that İmamoğlu had more votes than Yıldırım.

But, the YSK will continue to assess the AKP and the Nationalist Movement Party’s (MHP) application for the annulment of the elections. The AKP alleged that serious irregularities were observed in Istanbul elections to the disadvantage of their candidate.

Istanbul, with its 16 million residents and 11 million voters, is Turkey’s largest and therefore the most important constituency. It occupies an important place in AKP Chairman and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s political life as his introduction to Turkish politics came after his victory in 1994 mayoral elections in Istanbul, Hurriyet reported.

Wikipedia on Imamoglu

Ekrem Imamoglu (İmamoğlu), was born in the town of Akçaabat, west of the city Trabzon. He was elected as a new major of Turkey’s biggest city in the 2019 Istanbul mayoral election as the candidate of the CHP, the country’s largest opposition party. Following his come-from-behind victory in which the ruling AKP significantly outspent him and controlled media coverage, İmamoğlu was called a rising star in Turkish politics and a potential candidate to challenge Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the 2023 Turkish presidential elections.İmamoğlu had previously served as Mayor of Beylikdüzü, a western district of İstanbul, between 2014 and 2019.

Imamoglu graduated from Trabzon High School, where he played amateur

Ekrem Imamoglu - Wikipedia image public domain photo

Ekrem Imamoglu – Wikipedia image public domain photo

soccer and was a manager with Trabzonspor. He was also a vice president of the Trabzonspor B.K. basketball team.He attended Istanbul University, and received a Bachelor’s degree in business administration and Master’s degree in human resource management. Following his graduation, he joined his family’s business in construction. In 1995, he married Dilek Kaya, and together they have three children. He joined CHP Party in 2008.

 

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