Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu has commented on the website he has launched which invites individuals to participate in the process of “change” within the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP).
İmamoğlu on July 27 tweeted that approximately 1 million people have so far visited the website called “iktidaricindegisim.org” and more than 100,000 of them have submitted their views.
Based on these answers, İmamoğlu said that the society wants a “change” of the CHP’s leadership and management. The mayor said that a committee consisting of political scientists, sociologists and communication experts has analyzed the citizens’ opinions and suggestions.
“The society wants that the leader and management of the CHP change, and that this change happens both at the generation and vision level. They expect that a clear vision and policies in line with the society’s needs are determined, and an understanding of inclusive democracy and secularism are created,” İmamoğlu said.
The mayor further said that the society wants to see a CHP that has more powerful connections to people, “embraces change and innovation” and has a new structure. “They want us to strengthen communication and want to hear our vision of change,” İmamoğlu said.
4 Temmuz’da “CHP’de değişim, Türkiye’de değişim, İktidar için değişim” konusunda vatandaşlarımızın görüş ve önerilerini almak için https://t.co/irrF9wmQrB adıyla bir web sitesi oluşturduk. Çağrımıza uyarak Türkiye coğrafyasının her köşesinden ve 6 kıtadan “İktidar İçin Değişim”…— Ekrem İmamoğlu (@ekrem_imamoglu) July 27, 2023
İmamoğlu is among CHP officials who have been signalling the need for a change in party leadership since party leader Kemal Kıllıçdaroğlu’s presidential election loss to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Earlier in July, İmamoğlu chaired a Zoom meeting of CHP officials which drew the ire of his party’s management.