Opposing the government’s efforts to curb the activities of opposition mayors in the fight against the coronavirus, the CHP mayors of Ankara and Istanbul continued their efforts to reach those suffering from the economic impacts of the pandemic.

On May 8, Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavas chaired the City Council, which had been postponed since March by a decree issued by the Interior Ministry. Yavas, however, failed to convince the council’s AKP and MHP members, who form a majority in the body, to repair water pipelines leaking asbestos or to pass a loan of 10 percent of the council’s budget to help the needy.  

AKP and MHP members of Istanbul council are expected to display a similar attitude when they gather on May 11 – which comes almost two months since that body’s last meeting. 

Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu, whose efforts to collect donations have been blocked by the government since March, followed a path similar to Yavas, organizing a campaign calling on wealthier residents to anonymously help their poorer neighbors pay their bills.  

Anka Review, 3-10 May, 2020

About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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