A Turkish court has acquitted Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş of the charges of “misconduct” with regards to the collection of a $600,000 cheque in a legal dispute that began in 2009, when Yavaş was a practicing lawyer. The businessman named Necmettin Keskin was convicted of making false allegations against Yavaş.
I think this is the perfect timing for an effective Greens Party in Turkey. It would be the ultimate appeal for the “Generation Z”. A leader of the Green Party that will get 3-4 percent of votes in the first round of presidential election might negotiate to become the Minister of Environment in the second round of the election.
Ülkü Doğanay writes: It is not difficult to understand that Erdoğan and the ruling AKP do not like the possibility that Ekrem İmamoğlu might become the presidential candidate for the Nation Alliance. The government would prefer Muharrem İnce to be the opposition bloc's presidential candidate. The recent generous coverage of İnce by the pro-government media also mirrors this.
Ankara, Istanbul mayors refute Health Ministry data on COVID-19, say number of deaths, cases are higher
Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu and Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş have refuted COVID-19 data shared by the Health Ministry. "An investigation commission must be set up in parliament and they should ask for data from mayors of Ankara, Istanbul, İzmir and Ankara. They then should look at official data," Yavaş said, while asking, "What good does it have to announce the numbers lower than they actually are?"
Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş has called on 565 non-governmental organizations to prepare the municipality's budget together. "We'll shape the future of this city always with a common mind," he said, adding that the municipality accepts transparency, participation and the responsibility to be held accountable as part of their understanding of governance.
Some 40.1 percent of Turkish citizens would vote for Erdoğan, whereas 45.1 percent would not, if Turkey held a presidential election today, according to a recently conducted poll. The remaining 14.8 percent on the other was undecided. The poll also found that Istanbul Mayor İmamoğlu would be the strongest candidate against Erdoğan as he would garner 36.8 percent of the votes in a possible second round of election.
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.
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 National Geographic "Your Shot" platform has shared Turkish photographer Dilek Uyar's photo on its Instagram account. The photograph features a municipality worker disinfecting a subway station in the Turkish capital Ankara.
Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavaş has warned municipality personnel against engaging in public political arguments on social media platforms. “In their posts and in the images they use, they should refrain from including expressions, symbols, emblems, and other open references to affiliation with a political party," Yavaş said in his directive.
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 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.
A land rented for mosque construction on the iconic Atatürk Forest Farm in the capital Ankara will be kept as a park upon the city's municipal council decision. "It was clear that removing this forested area was not in line with public benefit," said Tezcan Karakuş Candan, the Ankara branch head of Turkey's Chamber of Architects.