Mansur Yavaş becomes opposition CHP’s mayoral candidate for Ankara

The Turkish main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) announced Mansur Yavaş would be its candidate in March local elections to become mayor of the capital Ankara, pro-government Sabah newspaper reported.

Sixty-three year old Yavaş ran for the same position in 2014 local elections, losing to ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) candidate Melih Gökçek by only 1 percent.

The former lawyer’s campaign was marred by several incidents of violence, including one campaign event raided by armed men who beat a CHP activist into a coma.

Yavaş’s candidacy was approved by a vote of 12 to 25 at CHP’s party caucus, Sabah said.

Turkey’s local elections are set to take place on March 31, 2019.

Gökçek stepped down as mayor of Ankara in October 2017 after holding the position since 1994. The municipality remains under AKP rule.