09 July Tuesday

City Council Convenes First Time After Re-run Election

The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipal Council has held its first meeting after the İstanbul election re-run. Ekrem İmamoğlu, the mayor of Istanbul chaired the first meeting of the Municipal Council yesterday.

The Municipal Council was chaired by Ekrem Imamoglu, the mayor of Istanbul yesterday (July 8), the meeting was aired live on the social media account of Imamoğlu and, as of 10 a.m. today, the video was watched by almost 700 thousand people.

Mayor Imamoglu delivered a presentation entitled "The Reason of Uneconomical and Excessive Increase in Expenses of the Municipality", where he analyzed the incomes and expenses of the municipality.

After the opening speech of Imamoglu, AKP Group Chair Tevfik Göksu took the floor. Listing the projects and services offered to İstanbul during the AKP period, Göksu argued that the allegations of corruption are groundless.

Stating that they will support every project that would benefit Istanbulites, Göksu said, "We will not prevent them as you did in the past."

In his presentation on "the reason of uneconomical and excessive increase in expenses of the municipality," Mayor Imamoglu described the current economic condition of the municipality as "a total disaster."

Mayor Imamoglu said, “The budget of the municipality was made by leaning on the central government, thinking that they would not be called to account.”

According to the presentation of Imamoglu, the Treasury allocated 980 million Turkish Lira (TRY) to the Municipality to be used in July; however, the cash in question has been used up in one week. Also, by the end of the year, the budget deficit will be no less than 7.2 billion TRY and the expense-income gap might increase to 5.8 billion TRY.

Imamoglu also informed that when they took over the municipality, it had 7 million TRY in its deposit and had an overdue debt of 5.8 billion TRY. (HA/SD)

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