Istanbul’s opposition mayor İmamoğlu issues first veto at city council

The opposition mayor of Istanbul Ekrem İmamoğlu on Monday vetoed three decisions by the city’s municipal council in a first since stepping into office in June.

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) mayor has overturned three separate decisions pertaining to lots of land in the city to be included into a park, land containing real estate to be transformed into parks, roads and earthquake assembly areas, as well as the transfer and allocation of real estate in various districts.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) group, which maintains a majority in the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (İBB) City Council, had passed the three motions in previous council sessions.

The decisions were awaiting the approval of the mayor, news site Artı Gerçek said.

The 49-year-old opposition mayor of Istanbul has become a figurehead for the CHP since winning a controversial election for Istanbul mayor earlier this year.

İmamoğlu has vowed to tackle extravagant spending from the municipal budget of Turkey’s largest city, a hallmark of the preceding AKP administration, which together with its Islamist predecessor ruled Istanbul for 25 years.