A district governor's office in Ankara ordered the municipality to transfer any donations they collected for COVID-19 relief to the central government for public use. The donation campaign by the main opposition municipality had been suspended on March 31 on the grounds that any aid would be carried out by the central government.
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.
Turkey’s presidential COVID-19 fundraiser has received 552,529,912 Turkish Liras (about $83 million) within two days of its launch on March 30, the Turkish presidency’s communications director Fahrettin Altun said on April 1. The top three donations came from public banks, including Halkbank that is currently on trial in the U.S. on charges of financial conspiracy.