Ankara opposition mayor Mansur Yavaş receives int'l transparency award

Transparency International, a Berlin-based NGO working to end corruption, has awarded Ankara’s opposition mayor, Mansur Yavaş, the 2020 Special Award, Karar newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The Republican People’s Party (CHP) mayor was the first mayoral candidate in Turkey to sign the organisation’s "Transparency Commitment,’’ before stepping into office last year.

Yavaş ended around 25 years of governance by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Ankara when he was elected in the March 2019 local elections. Yavaş has focused on financial prudence and technocratic reform in the Turkish capital.

The 65-year-old mayor has launched corruption investigations into the previous AKP administration and enacted a series of changes to promote transparency in municipal governance, including the live broadcasting of tenders, which tens of thousands tune into. 

The CHP mayor’s crackdown on nepotism and his services to the city, particularly during the COVID-19 outbreak, have helped him score the highest approval rating among 10 of Turkey’s leading metropolitan mayors, according to a survey by polling company PİAR.