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.
Nalan Özaydın, a dismissed mayor from the HDP, has been released from prison after testing positive for the coronavirus. The court ordered Özaydın not to leave her residence and imposed an overseas travel ban for her.
Izmir mayor Tunç Soyer from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) joined Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu in urging the government in Ankara to declare a lockdown to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. While İmamoğlu has not specified a timeline for the lockdown he was suggesting for Istanbul, Soyer said that a two-week lockdown in Izmir would be beneficial.
Amid growing concern over the spread of coronavirus, Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu welcomed U.S. actor John Malkovich and his four friends with cologne. Malkovich had also taken his precaution against the virus, by wearing latex gloves.
Some 13 actors who were laid off from their jobs at the Istanbul Municipality City Theater were reinstated after three years and seven months. The actors were laid off during the state of emergency declared after the botched coup attempt of July 15, 2016 in an attempt to cleanse state institutions of supporters of U.S-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen, Ankara's top suspect for the failed takeover.
Marmara province Yalova's town council elected a councilor from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to replace the elected mayor from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Mayor Vefa Salman was dismissed from his post within the scope of a corruption lawsuit he initiated after he reported an accountant employee's embezzlement of over one million Turkish Lira.
Turkey's Education Ministry (MEB) has reportedly asked teachers and school administrators in the southeastern province of Van to raise funds to buy fuel for the snowplows the ministry would send. While classes restarted on Feb. 17 following a 10-day snow break, the roads remain blocked in the southeastern province of Van that received snowfall of over a meter.
Police early on Feb. 15 raided the house of Nurettin Şen, a nephew of Murat Şen, the dismissed former mayor of Şırnak's İdil district. During the raid, Murat Şen's 90-year-old mother Fatma Şen was battered by the police. "They [police] have come to my room and asked me to open the chest. After seeing nothing in the chest, they pounded the chest's cover on my hands,” Şen said.