Istanbul metropolitan municipality approves price cuts proposed by İmamoğlu

The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Assembly on Wednesday approved a motion to decrease the price of  the monthly transportation pass for university students, an election promise of the opposition’s mayoral candidate Ekrem İmamoğlu, T24 news site reported.

İmamoğlu was authorised as mayor of Istanbul for 17 days after the local polls on March 31, after he declared victory against the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) candidate Binali Yıldırım by a small margin.

Following the AKP’s appeal, Turkey’s Supreme Election Council (YSK) last week annulled the Istanbul mayoral vote, stripping İmamoğlu of his title as mayor.  Istanbulites will head to the polls on June 23 once again  in a fresh vote to elect their new mayor.

Decreasing the price of transportation and water was among the opposition’s candidate campaign promises ahead of local polls on March 31.

The AKP’s group in the city’s municipality assembly on Tuesday submitted a motion to decrease the prices of the monthly transportation tickets for university students to 40 lira ($6.6) from 85 lira ($14), while slashing the price of water usage by 40 percent.

The AKP’s candidate and former Prime Minister Yıldırım announced the cuts in prices earlier this week and was accused by opposition circles on social media of imitating İmamoğlu.

The opposition politician welcomed the news of price cuts on Wednesday, saying the decision of the municipality assembly was the result of his 18-day term as mayor.

İmamoğlu’s promise to his supporters that “everything will be fine” while speaking in the aftermath of the YSK’s decision to annul the Istanbul went viral on social media, becoming the opposition candidate’s new slogan for elections on June 23.

Turkey’s ruling party, on the other hand, has chosen the slogan “İstanbul will be more beautiful” for their election campaign.