Center-Left Party Surges as Dominant Force in Istanbul and Ankara City Parliaments, Defying AKP’s Hindrance

Istanbul and Ankara city parliaments could also be won by the opposition

On Tuesday, preliminary figures showed that the CHP party has emerged as the strongest force in both city parliaments in Istanbul and Ankara, just two days after their surprising victory in Turkey’s mayoral elections. This marks a significant shift in the political landscape of the country, as the center-left party has replaced the AKP as the dominant force in both representations.

In 2019, the CHP won the mayoral positions in both cities but did not secure a majority in the city parliaments. The mayors, Ekrem Imamoğlu in Istanbul and Mansur Yavas in Ankara, have repeatedly complained about being blocked by the majority of the Islamic conservative AKP. This has led to accusations of hindering loans for projects and delaying construction projects.

Imamoğlu and Yavas have also accused the central government of politically motivated blockades. In Istanbul, for instance, it is claimed that the Ministry of Economic Affairs delayed approval of metro projects while other ministries reportedly blocked Corona aid for the population. Moreover, Istanbul’s municipality has not received a loan from any state bank since 2019, which has hindered their ability to fund important projects.

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