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Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoğlu was rated the most successful mayor in handling the COVID-19 pandemic in a survey by private poller SONAR Research.

The polling company noted that the results were an accumulation of mayors’ performance during the pandemic and general public opinion about their success.

Some 58.3 percent of respondents pointed to Imamoğlu from the Republican People’s Party (CHP) as the most successful mayor in handling COVID-19, followed closely by his fellow opposition member Izmir Mayor Tunç Soyer.

Mayor of eastern Erzurum Mehmet Sekmen from ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) was rated the third most successful mayor during the pandemic, followed by Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş from CHP.

Mayor of Mediterranean Antalya, Muhittin Böcek from CHP was rated fifth.

Five mayors from CHP and four from AKP ranked among the top 10 most successful mayors in the survey.