Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş
Good (İYİ) Party leader Meral Akşener has said that the majority of the Turkish people want to return to a parliamentary system, adding that the current "freakish" system can't govern the country. "Turkey's economy has worsened, the youth doesn't have hope to find jobs, agriculture and industry have collapsed. The people are suffering from not being able to find food and fear being unemployed," she said.
Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca and two professors from the ministry's Science Commission have warned against the sharp increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş said that the increase in the number of cases returned to the levels seen at the first days of the pandemic in the capital.
Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoğlu was ranked the most successful mayor in handling the COVID-19 pandemic in a recent survey by private poller SONAR Research. Imamoğlu was followed by Izmir Mayor Tunç Soyer, also from main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP).
Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş said that Istanbul residents received dirty water from the capital for three years under the previous administration from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). Yavaş said that the AKP municipality had diverted funds from necessary work by spending instead on unwise investments.
The Interior Ministry has allowed bar heads to continue their march to the capital Ankara following a 27-hour-long stand-off. Union of Turkish Bar Associations head Metin Feyzioğlu attempted to visit bar heads where they were kept waiting by police, but was blocked by bar heads from entering.
Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş lead the foundation of an information collaboration between 43 capital cities across the globe. Named "Capitals' Initiative for COVID-19," the platform will share information about different cities' experiences fighting COVID-19, information and data.
Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş has filed a lawsuit against Melih Gökçek, the mayor of Ankara from 1994 to 2017, for using the money allocated for the renewal of a waste water treatment facility for other purposes. Yavaş accuses Gökçek of “abusing authority” and “causing damage on the environment by negligence.” Gökçek, from the AKP, is widely known for his eccentric and costly projects, such as erecting a 10-meter-long dinosaur in the middle of a roundabout in Ankara.
Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş from the main opposition CHP is more successful in managing the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis than President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, according to a poll carried out by Metropoll which aimed to reveal people's perceptions on governance during the pandemic. Yavaş ranked third in the list, surpassing Erdoğan, who came in fourth.
A recent survey revealed increases in the approval ratings of the 11 mayors from main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) who won metropolitan cities in the local elections of March 31. Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş experienced the largest spike in his approval ratings, while Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu had the third largest increase in his vote share.
Ankara Municipality launches donation campaign to distribute meals to senior, low income residents during Ramadan
The Ankara Municipality created a website where any Internet user can donate a traditional meal to someone who needs it during the month of Ramadan. Families of paper collectors, whose operations have been halted, as well as senior persons who are under curfew and low income families will be prioritized, the municipality announced.
A recent poll revealed that Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) are no longer able to rally up enough votes to form a government. While the AKP received 35.8 percent of votes, the MHP was revealed to have 12.2 percent backing. Individually, the AKP has lost 7 percent of its votes since June 2019.
Interior ministry launches probe into Istanbul Mayor over collection of donations against coronavirus
The Interior Ministry has launched a probe into Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu over the municipality's donation campaign against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. According to İmamoğlu, the block on the donations has been ongoing. "If you see a wrong procedure, you can launch an investigation into the Istanbul Mayor, but you can't block the citizens' donations," he said.
Turkey's main opposition CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu held a video conference with artists to hear their complaints during the COVID-19 outbreak. Kılıçdaroğlu was joined by famous actresses, actors and musicians, as well as mayors of Turkey's metropolitan municipalities from the opposition party.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has slammed municipalities run by the main opposition CHP for launching donation campaigns to collect money to be used in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic., saying "There is no point in being a state within the state." Eleven CHP metropolitan municipalities, meanwhile, released a statement on April 1, saying that it's legal for the municipalities to accept donations.
The municipalities of Istanbul and Ankara, both run by the main opposition CHP, have launched a lawsuit against the Interior Ministry over a circular blocking them from holding donation campaigns to help citizens in need during the coronavirus outbreak.