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The opposition mayor of Istanbul will be imprisoned for four years

The opposition mayor of Istanbul will be imprisoned for four years

The Turkish Electoral Commission has filed a lawsuit Akram Imamoglu The official Anatolia News Agency reported on Friday that a politician from the opposition Kemalist Republican People’s Party (CHP) was against the Istanbul mayor for allegedly insulting publicly members of the board of directors during the 2019 local elections.

It is reported that Turkish prosecutors are demanding a four-year prison term against Imamoglu.

The politician denied the allegations against him during the pre-trial investigation. As he said, he did not speak publicly against a particular person, but “has expressed harsh political criticism.”

According to the semi-government newspaper Sabah, Imamoglu called in a press conference to the idiots who ordered the cancellation of the results of the Istanbul mayoral elections on March 31, 2019, which he won with the ruling party’s candidate, Ben Ali Yildirimel against. The vote was repeated on June 23 of the year because the ruling party challenged the previous result on the basis of irregularities in the counting committees and counters, then the relevant authority supported the appeal and canceled the accreditation of Imamoglu. The move also sparked international criticism.

In a hostile vote, Imamoglu, who started with the colors of the CHP, was elected by a large majority this time. The Recep Tayyip Erdogan The president’s Islamist conservative Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost the leadership of the most populous city at the time for the first time in 15 years.

The CHP is the largest opposition party in the Turkish parliament, and Imamoglu is seen as one of Erdogan’s potential competitors in the 2023 presidential election.

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Erdogan’s lawyers Kanan CftangiogluThe CHP, the regional president of Istanbul, was also prosecuted for defamation. The Turkish president is demanding half a million Turkish liras (16.6 million forints) in compensation because an opposition politician called Erdogan “the one who occupies the presidency” at a press conference in January in connection with student protests at the prestigious Bogazici (Bosphorus) University. . Students protested the appointment of Erdogan as a university president from the ruling Islamist Conservative Party in early January to head the institution of higher education. Protesters are demanding that the university itself be able to choose its leader.

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