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Dec 14 2018

Turkey’s main opposition to declare Istanbul candidate for local elections

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) on Dec. 24 will announce its Istanbul candidate Ekrem Imamoğlu in local elections planned for March, former CHP deputy and journalist Barış Yarkadaş said in a radio programme, Turkish news site Toplumsal reported late Thursday.

Turkey will hold nationwide elections to choose local representatives for the country’s cities and districts on March 31. Turks will elect more than 20,000 officials, including mayors to city and district councils, including 30 large metropolitan areas.

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of CHP, has made his decision for specifying Istanbul candidate as Imamoğlu, the current mayor of Beylikdüzü district in the European suburbs of Istanbul, according to Yarkadaş.

CHP will name candidates to run the country’s cities on Dec. 24 and will announce the district candidates in January at the latest, Yarkadaş said.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party won 42.9 percent of the votes and 18 of 30 metropolitan municipalities in the last election on March 30, 2014. The main opposition CHP finished second with 26.3 percent support and six councils.

İmamoğlu is currently the mayor of Istanbul’s Beylikdüzü district.