Main opposition İzmir Mayor Tunç Soyer on Aug. 30 led on his bike an open-top bus prepared for a Victory Day Parade. Soyer's move came after the governor's office barred him from touring the city on the bus and only allowed band members to ride it.
Only 25 percent of the Turkish public has trust in the presidency, according to a recent poll from the ArtıBir research company. Some 17.3 percent of those polled said that they did not have trust in any of the country's institutions, while the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) was the most trusted institution with the confidence of 38.2 percent of those responding to the poll.
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).
Istanbul Municipality recently tore down fences around a renovated historic block that was gated-in to give the appearance of a housing complex to a city block. With a history of booming nightlife, Istanbul's Sulukule neighborhood became the site of a state urban transformation project in 2005.
A foundation led by the Turkish president's son-in-law announced May 13 that they were annulling a contract they had signed with the Istanbul Municipality (IBB) in 2017, before it was won by main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). The announcement came after a few weeks long brawl with CHP deputy Veli Ağbaba about the project that started when the latter claimed that Istanbul municipality had funneled 41 million liras to T3 Foundation.
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.
Ülkü Doğanay writes: Last week in a fake interview video we saw a man accusing Istanbul Mayor İmamoğlu of purchasing 100 tons of lemon from fellow CHP supporters to help their trade. What interests me here is not the trolling activity of spreading fabricated news, it is the topic of the story. The lemon had a leading role of the most successful campaign message of maybe all of Turkey’s election campaign history.
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.
Construction has started on Salda Lake, often dubbed "the Maldives of Turkey" for its pearl-white sandy beaches. The lake was closed off to visitors due to the coronavirus outbreak while construction started.
Zeitgeist Turkey | Episode 4: How a 48-hour curfew announcement triggered political fallout in Ankara
Turkish government's sudden decision on April 10 to declare a 48-hour curfew for 31 major cities triggered panic and chaos pushing thousands of Turks to rush to stores on a Friday night for last-minute purchases. Duvar English’s editor-in-chief Cansu Çamlıbel and pollster Can Selçuki look for answers to how Ankara's failure to manage the crisis might affect the power struggle in Turkey?
Taner Akçam writes: President Erdoğan defined those who were against the donation campaign launched for coronavirus crisis as “those who do not know of their own history.” He likened his campaign to to the National Tax of 1921. In fact, it is the President himself who fell into the category of “the person who does not know of his own history.” I also have to add the main opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu to this category.
The nationwide coronavirus donation campaign launched by President Tayyip Erdoğan and the block placed by the Ministry of Interior over municipalities of Istanbul and Ankara in order to prevent them from holding separate donation campaigns are among salient items of this week's episode. Duvar English's editor-in-chief Cansu Çamlıbel and pollster Can Selçuki look for answers to why the Turkish government still persists in not calling a total lockdown in major cities, especially in Istanbul.