28 September Thursday

Mevlüt Uysal elected as new mayor of Istanbul by Municipal Council…

Mr. Mevlüt Uysal, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) mayoral candidate was elected today by the Istanbul municipal council to replace former Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Mr. Mayor Kadir Topbaş.

Mr. Uysal was elected mayor after receiving 179 votes out of 309 in the third round, while his rival and main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) candidate Ekrem Imamoğlu received a total of 125 votes. Four votes were deemed invalid, media sources reported.

The council could not announce a winner after the first and second round of voting, as no candidate received the necessary support of two thirds.

Addressing the council after his victory, the newly elected mayor of Istanbul Mr. Uysal thanked President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for his pervious services as the Istanbul mayor, which "broke ground in municipal work."

The newly elected mayor vowed to further develop the city, enhancing its role as a meet point for cultures.

Mr.Uysal, who has been serving as mayor of the Istanbul's fast developing Başakşehir district of Istanbul, was picked as the party's candidate after conducting tendency surveys, said Mr. Erol Kaya, the Deputy AK Party Chairman responsible for local administrations.

Istanbul's long-standing mayor Kadir Topbaş unexpectedly resigned last week after serving for 13 years.

The former mayor Mr. Topbaş, an architect by profession, has been the mayor of Istanbul since 2004 and has presided over the transformation of the mega city that began under the mayorship of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

About Mevlüt Uysal

Mevlüt Uysal was born in 1966 in Alanya, Antalya in southern Turkey. He graduated from İstanbul University Faculty of Law in 1988.

After AK Party was formed, Uysal became the founding president of the party's Küçükçekmece District Organization. In the local elections on March 29, 2009 he was elected the Mayor of the Başakşehir district and was re-elected in 2014.

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