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.
Four journalists of the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper have given their testimonies to the Istanbul police station over a news report concerning illegal construction undertaken by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s aide Fahrettin Altun on a land in Istanbul’s Kuzguncuk neighborhood. The journalists said that the news piece in question does not have "a purpose of showing Altun as a target" and "was penned for the purpose of journalism."
The air pollution in Istanbul fell around 30 percent following stay-at-home calls to curb the spread of the the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to the city’s municipality. The municipality said the number of vehicles on the traffic dropped as a result of the measures against the spread of coronavirus in the city, including a four-day curfew last week.
CHP Istanbul chair called to testify in case into taking pictures of presidential aide’s illegal construction
CHP Istanbul chair Canan Kaftancıoğlu was called to testify in the case into the taking pictures of Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun's house in Istanbul's Kuzguncuk. She was called on April 28 as part of the criminal complaint filed by Altun's lawyer Sezgin Tunç. She is accused of "praising a crime and a criminal," as well as "encouraging a crime."
AKP mayor criticizes comparing opposition mayors to ‘terrorists,’ backpedals to avoid contradicting Erdoğan
Mayor Fatma Şahin has criticized likening CHP municipalities to "terrorist organizations," but backpedaled after learning that it was President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who did the comparison. "They are mayors elected with the votes of the people. Even if their methods are different, we can sit and talk, but I don't find such a comparison appropriate," Şahin said. Şahin then released a statement, saying that it's out of question for her to make statements that contradict the policies determined by Erdoğan.
A Mersin court has released all suspects involved in a smear campaign targeting Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu in a fake interview. The video in question concerns Istanbul Municipality's announcement last week that it would buy 100 tons of lemons from Mersin producers last week. The fake video shows a person, who claims to be a farmer, making the accusation that the Istanbul Municipality bought only from opposition-leaning stockists.
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.
Singer Şükriye Tutkun and art director Yudum Yontan, two neighbors of Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun and his wife Fatmanur Altun, has come to their defense over reports of his illegal construction in Istanbul's Kuzguncuk neighborhood. They said that the land that the construction was made was a dump where drug addicts were dwelling in, hence finding the construction a positive move for the neighborhood.
Istanbul Municipality demolished illegal construction carried out by Turkey’s Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun, daily Cumhuriyet reported April 14. Meanwhile, pro-government journalist Ersoy Dede claimed that the construction was only a gazebo, and so its removal could not be called demolition.
The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (İBB) has announced that 433 of its employees have been infected with the novel coronavirus, while Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu has said that the government's move to impose a partial curfew covering only weekends will fall short of tackling the coronavirus epidemic.
The first case of COVID-19 in Turkey was announced March 11, but the government's precautions started in February. Here's a day-by-day rundown of everything Ankara has done to keep the outbreak under control in Turkey.
Istanbul’s suburban neighborhoods of Bağcılar, Esenler and Bayrampaşa have higher concentrations of coronavirus infections, Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu said on broadcaster Fox TV April 8, based on data revealed by Health Minister Fahrettin Koca the day before.
The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has started to place thermal cameras at subway stations across the city in an attempt to detect passengers with high fever. Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu said that passengers with fever will not be allowed to ride the subway.
An Istanbul court has rejected the metropolitan municipality's request for the cancellation of a concession tender on the rental of unused warehouses at the symbolic Haydarpaşa and Sirkeci train stations. "It is very meaningful to announce this decision, which has been put on hold for months now, at the time of the coronavirus epidemic,” Mayor İmamoğlu said.