Ankara municipality registers 136 million-lira budget surplus under opposition mayor

The municipality of Turkish capital Ankara has registered a budget surplus of 136 million liras ($ 24.6 million) in its first 100 days under the leadership of a mayor from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), left-wing news site Birgün reported on Wednesday.

The Ankara municipality was 8.4 billion liras in debt when opposition mayor Mansur Yavaş took office in April, Birgün said, citing a newly published booklet documenting the new mayor’s first 100 days on the job.

The booklet is part of the CHP’s initiative to foster transparency in services, Birgün said, and features data on the municipal budget, as well as hired, resigned and dismissed staff in the Turkish capital. 

Yavaş became the mayor of Ankara on April 8 following a controversial municipal election, ending 25 years of rule by Islamist to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). 

The Ankara municipality had 29,446 staff the day Yavaş received his mandate to become mayor of the Turkish capital.

Since then, 79 people have been hired and 56 have resigned or were dismissed, bringing the staff number to 29, 469, it said.

Yavaş succeeds ruling AKP’s former mayor of Ankara, Mustafa Tuna, who took the reins in the city after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan forced the resignation of the long-running previous AKP mayor, İbrahim Melih Gökçek.

Gökçek was widely known for overseeing eccentric and costly public projects during his time in office between 1994 -2017.