Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu, a distinguished determine and potential future chief of Turkey’s political opposition, has stated he intends to run once more for mayor within the native elections scheduled for subsequent March.
“As I’ve stated many occasions, ‘Whoever wins in Istanbul additionally wins in Turkey,’” Imamoglu, who runs Turkey’s largest metropolis, advised reporters. “Success in Istanbul takes one to crucial positions in nationwide politics.”
Imamoglu was not chosen opposition chief within the basic elections final Could, however he’s seen as one of many opposition’s finest bets in ousting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan within the coming years.
Imamoglu referred to as for a “complete change” within the opposition after Erdogan’s defeat of its candidate, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, on Could 28.
Kilicdaroglu stays head of the opposition Republican Individuals’s Occasion regardless of growing requires him to resign, and he has not stated whether or not he’ll run on the occasion congress this fall.
Some analysts see Imamoglu as a doable successor to Erdogan.
“Right this moment I intend to defend Istanbul once more,” Imamoglu stated.
The CHP teamed up with the nationalist-centrist Good Occasion and the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Occasion (HDP) within the 2019 municipal elections to safe Imamoglu’s victory in Istanbul, stunning Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Improvement Occasion.
The 2 events haven’t revealed whether or not they are going to assist the CHP candidate once more within the March 2024 elections.