TURKEY

CHP’s Imamoğlu receives Istanbul mayoral mandate despite ongoing objections

Nation Alliance candidate Republican People's Party's (CHP) Ekrem Imamoğlu on Wednesday received the official mandate for Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IBB) 17 days after the hotly contested elections which are still subject to appeals over irregularities.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) had submitted an extraordinary objection to the Supreme Election Council (YSK) for the cancellation and rerun of the municipal election in Istanbul and demanded the YSK to not give the mandate to any candidate until the entire appeal process was completed.

Nevertheless, İmamoğlu was invited to the provincial election board at Çağlayan Courthouse after the board rejected the AK Party application to postpone the process until an extraordinary appeal for irregularities is concluded by the YSK.


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