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

Shocking Turnaround: CHP Leads in Ankara and Istanbul City Parliaments; Mayors Imamoğlu and Yavas Set to Challenge AKP Dominance

The AKP’s reign over Istanbul and Ankara city parliaments may come to an end in the upcoming elections, as preliminary results show the center-left CHP party leading in both representations. This is a surprising turn of events, two days after the opposition’s victory in the mayoral elections.

In 2019, the CHP won the mayoral positions in these two important cities, but fell short of a majority in the city parliaments. Mayors Ekrem Imamoğlu and Mansur Yavas have repeatedly complained about being hindered by the majority of the Islamic conservative AKP. This has resulted in accusations of politically motivated blockades and delaying construction projects.

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

If these preliminary results hold true, this would be a significant victory for the opposition and could mark a shift in power dynamics in Turkish politics.

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